Balloonist delays solo flight

Northam, Australia � Blustery conditions in Australia and storms brewing Thursday over South America forced American adventurer Steve Fossett to postpone his latest bid to become the first person to fly solo around the world in a balloon.

The 58-year-old Chicago millionaire had hoped to set off from the small farming town of Northam, 60 miles east of Western Australian state capital, Perth.

Now, he's not expected to take off before next Tuesday on his sixth attempt to fly alone around the world.

Fossett holds world records connected to balloons, sailboats and airplanes. He placed fourth in the Iditarod dogsled race in 1992, swam the English Channel in 1985 and participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race in 1996.

Zeta-Jones to replace Curtis

Seattle � The nation's sixth-largest wireless carrier has cut service to America's scream queen and called up Catherine Zeta-Jones instead.

Zeta-Jones, 32, is replacing "Halloween" star Jamie Lee Curtis as the advertising spokeswoman for Bellevue, Wash.-based VoiceStream Wireless as the company kicks off a re-branding campaign and becomes T-Mobile International.

T-Mobile is the wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom, the Bonn, Germany-based telecommunications giant that acquired VoiceStream last year. In February, Deutsche Telekom announced that it was re-branding operations with the T-Mobile International name, and the changes grew to include Zeta-Jones' image.

"Catherine was born in Wales; she has a strong following in London, she's really well-known there," said Kim Thompson, spokeswoman for VoiceStream.

Festival touts top Canadians

Banff, Alberta � Actors Raymond Burr, Jim Carrey and Michael J. Fox head a new list of the top Canadians in U.S. television compiled for this year's Banff Television Festival.

The list of "Top 10 Canadians in U.S. Television" also includes actors Lorne Greene and William Shatner; comedian Rich Little; journalists Peter Jennings, Robert MacNeil and Morley Safer; and game-show host Alex Trebek.

A panel of Canadian television industry figures chose the celebrity exports for the Top 10, announced earlier this week, from a list compiled by the Banff Television Foundation.

Gabriel ties the knot

Rome � British singer Peter Gabriel has married his companion at the hotel he owns near Sardinia's Emerald Coast, his publicist said.

Gabriel and Meah Flynn wed Sunday at Li Capanni hotel in northern Sardinia, Caroline Turner said by phone from London.

"It was quite a low-key, private ceremony, with friends and family, a low-key, Peter-type wedding," Turner said.

The two have been together for five years, said Turner, declining to give details about the wedding. "They're both quite private."


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