Oasis fight spills over

Munich, Germany - Singer Liam Gallagher and several other members of the British rock band Oasis and its entourage were held for questioning after a fight that left Gallagher with several broken teeth.

Gallagher's injuries over the weekend forced the band to cancel concerts Sunday in Munich and Monday in Hamburg.

Witnesses told police the clash began early Sunday in the disco of the Muenchner Hof hotel, where the band was staying, when the band members were drunk and started pushing each other.

One of them fell against a table where five Italians were seated. When the Italians tried to remove the musician, the rest of the band reportedly pounced on them.

Munich prosecutor Anton Winkler said his office would decide before the end of the year whether to press charges.

Sold! to the highest bidder

Brookfield, Ohio - The family of imprisoned ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. put some of his possessions up for auction, including a duck stamp collection and paintings of a naked woman in a courtroom.

Sunday's auction drew an estimated $10,000. The stamps sold for $626 and the two paintings of the naked woman raised $400 - and some eyebrows.

The items were collected from Traficant's Washington, D.C., office, his Boardman office and his Green Township farmhouse.

Traficant, 61, was convicted on racketeering charges in April and later was expelled from the House. In August, he began serving an eight-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

Gere to adopt Tibetan twins

Los Angeles - Richard Gere and his new bride, Carey Lowell, are to adopt orphaned Tibetan twins. Gere, a supporter of the Dalai Lama, asked the Tibetan spiritual leader for his advice on fatherhood, US magazine reported. Gere and Lowell were married last month and already have two children - 2-year-old Homer Jigme (the second name means "fearless" in Tibetan) and Lowell's 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, from a previous marriage.

White House celebrates pets

Washington - First lady Laura Bush on Monday ushered in the Christmas season at the White House by opening the doors on an 18-foot Noble fir, which will grace the Blue Room. The tree will be decorated with ornaments depicting 400 birds native to the United States, making it the centerpiece of this year's White House theme: "All creatures great and small." The Bushes are celebrating the history of pets at the White House, the role animals play in people's lives and animals in the wild.

Mrs. Bush said the decorations will also include papier-mache depictions of White House animals in the ceremonial rooms. Among them: Caroline Kennedy's horse, Macaroni; the sheep that grazed on the White House lawns to keep them trimmed during worker shortages in World War I; and the raccoons that Calvin Coolidge walked on leashes.

The Bushes have three pets - dogs Barney and Spot and cat India.


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