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X Factor gets third US series

TV bosses have ordered a further series of the US version of The X Factor -- which will raise doubts about whether Simon Cowell plans to return to the UK series.

American network Fox booked a third run for the show, which also features panellists Demi Lovato, LA Reid and Britney Spears.

In the UK, ratings have faltered with audiences down on recent years and on Saturday the show found itself more than a million viewers behind BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing for a second consecutive week.

Cowell said he "couldn't be happier" about the Fox deal.

Kennedy estate put up for sale

The New York estate where Robert F. Kennedy Jr's estranged wife Mary Richardson Kennedy hanged herself has been put up for sale.

A real estate listing puts the price of the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom residence in Bedford at $3.9m (¤3.06m).

Mary Kennedy's body was found in another building on the property on May 16. The couple's divorce was pending at the time of her death.

New chief lifts Yahoo results

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer (37) turned in an encouraging report card covering her first few months running the troubled company.

The third-quarter results were not astounding, but they were better than analysts anticipated. Most importantly, Yahoo's net revenue crept up for the third consecutive year, reinforcing the belief that things are finally getting better at Yahoo after five years of financial malaise.

Ms Mayer was lured from rival Google in July, returning to work just a few weeks after having her first baby.

Boss faces rap for king insult

A Chinese clothes factory supervisor who ripped up a poster of Cambodia's late King Norodom Sihanouk has been transferred to a city court where she could face charges for insulting the monarchy and inciting public disorder.

The supervisor had accused employees of shirking work during a week of official mourning for Sihanouk (89), who died on October 15.