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Levi to run for mayor in Alaska

Levi Johnston may be following in Sarah Palin's footsteps.

Johnston's manager Tank Jones confirmed a report in Variety magazine that Johnston is planning to run for city office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, as part of a TV reality show.

Wasilla is where Palin got her start in politics, moving up from city council to mayor before winning election as Alaska's governor in 2006.

The 20-year-old Johnston is the father of Palin's grandson and the recently off-again flame to her daughter Bristol.

Student dies in Alps accident

A British student died in the Swiss Alps after smashing into a rock face on a zip wire.

The 21-year-old woman was one of a group of six sport science students on a trip to the village of Saas-Fee in the south of the country.

She was on a "via ferrata" -- a mountain route fitted with cables, ladders and bridges -- when the accident happened on Sunday.

She is understood to have lost control after failing to secure herself properly to the wire.

Ellen's spouse changes name

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres' spouse Portia de Rossi has filed a legal request to change her name to 'Portia Lee James DeGeneres', according to a court document.

The request was filed on August 6 in Los Angeles, but the document, which was posted on the internet by E! Online, shows de Rossi signed it in late March.

The couple were married in California in August 2008, during a time when same-sex marriage licenses were being issued.

Baseball fan sues team

A New York Mets fan who said a flying piece of a broken baseball bat shattered his face is suing the team and Major League Baseball.

James G Falzon's lawsuits said the severed barrel of a maple bat became "a dangerous projectile" and broke bones in his face during an August 2007 game at the former Shea Stadium.

He is seeking unspecified damages.