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Whoopi honored with humor prize

Film comedian Whoopi Goldberg has won the fourth annual Mark Twain Prize for humor, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced on Tuesday. She has starred in many films, including "Sister Act" and "The Color Purple." In 1991, she won an academy award for best supporting actress for her role in the movie "Ghost."

The prize will be given Oct. 15 at a gala in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Proceeds will be used for the education of young humorists. The prize was awarded for the first time to Richard Pryor, in 1998, and in succeeding years to Jonathan Winters and Carl Reiner.

Supermodel injured in car crash

Supermodel Niki Taylor, whose lithe good looks have landed her on countless magazine covers since she was a teen-ager, was in critical condition with internal injuries Tuesday after an auto accident.

The 26-year-old Taylor was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole early Sunday, her publicist said. Taylor, who was wearing a seat belt, was not thrown from the car and initially appeared to be unhurt. Niki Taylor appears to have suffered severe liver damage. The model was awake but was heavily sedated. No surgery was planned.

She landed on the cover of Seventeen magazine when she was barely 14. She has appeared in ads for Cover Girl cosmetics and Liz Claiborne fashions and has been in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

Prince Charles charms Canada

After visiting organic farmers and aboriginal artisans, Prince Charles spent the last evening of his six-day visit to Canada at a gala dinner party near the Toronto lakefront. Charles hosted the party Monday to celebrate young Canadian performing and visual artists.

Since arriving Wednesday with a walk across disinfectant mats � a precaution against foot-and-mouth disease that has hit Britain's cattle herd � Charles has been greeted by throngs of well-wishers at every stop in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory.

Wishing his wife well

Tim McGraw is amused when asked whether he feels a bit eclipsed by the success of his wife, Faith Hill, during the past two years.

"You kidding?" the 34-year-old country singer said. "That means I can retire early. I got me a fishing boat picked out already on the coast of Florida."

Hill, 33, won three Grammy Awards this year, including best country album for "Breathe." She won female country vocal performance for "Breathe," and her duet with McGraw, "Let's Make Love," won country collaboration with vocals.

"We get asked a lot how we balance family and career," McGraw said. "Well, it's not hard to balance. ... The family comes first."

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