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In brief: Troubles fail to take sheen off star

Reports of heavy drinking, drug use and porn stars often augur badly for Hollywood stars.

But according to a survey for trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', even though Charlie Sheen's personal problems have caused a temporary shut down on his 'Two and A Half Men' TV comedy, some of his fans think even more highly of him now than before.

Baby joy for 'Sex and the City' star

'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon and her partner have had a baby boy, her publicist told 'People magazine.

Nixon's partner Christine Marinoni gave birth to a son on Monday. The couple have named him Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni.

Slade fan stopped from feeling noise

A music fan who blasted out songs by 1970s rock band Slade has had his stereo equipment confiscated, a council said.

William Jordan (53), of Harlow, Essex, played the band's 1971 hit 'Coz I Luv U' so loud that it could be heard across a neighbouring playing field, according to the council.

Robber Biggs has suspected stroke

Great train robber Ronnie Biggs was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected stroke.

Emergency services were called to the 81-year-old's nursing home in Barnet, north London, after he fell ill.

Dog learns sign language in prison

A dog who couldn't hear has learned some sign language thanks to inmates at a US prison and children at a school for the deaf.

Inmates at a Missouri prison trained the deaf dachshund named Sparky in sign language and then asked the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton to take him in.

Irish Independent