Heston takes disease in stride

Los Angeles � Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston says he was stunned when doctors told him he has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

"It got my full attention," Heston said during an interview that aired Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "I've always been sure of my health and this suddenly gave me something else to think about.

"But maybe it's good if God gives you something to think about every so often."

Heston, 77, said he hasn't detected any change in his mental capacity.

"I feel good," he said. "This came as somewhat of a surprise. But life is full of surprises, isn't it?"

Heston, who won a best-actor Oscar for 1959's "Ben-Hur," said he wasn't frightened about the future.

"Whatever happens happens," he said. "You take it in stride if you can. You don't have many options there."

More baby talk on 'Live'

New York � Kelly Ripa won't be leaving the world of diapers anytime soon.

The talk show co-host announced Wednesday on "Live with Regis and Kelly" that she and her actor husband, Mark Consuelos, are expecting their third child.

Ripa, 31, and Consuelos both have recurring roles on the ABC soap opera "All My Children." Their son, Michael, is 5 and their daughter, Lola, is 1.

The baby is due in February.

Regis Philbin is already anticipating � not too fondly � plenty of chat about pregnancy, diapers and baby food.

"We're going to have to go through this again?" he asked, his hand to his brow.

New travel offer for Bass

New York � Why would Lance Bass want to go into space, when he could be home on the range with Ted Nugent?

The 'N Sync singer was rejected this week in his bid to visit the International Space Station because his sponsors were unable to come up with the $20 million fee in time.

But for just $1 million, Nugent has offered to have the boy band member over to his Michigan ranch to teach him bow-hunting skills. The guitarist and outdoorsman said Bass could then join him on a weeklong hunt, "where he'll be taught a greater appreciation for nature and gravity as he hunts, kills, cleans and cooks for himself."

"Bass needs to quit worrying about going into outer space and embrace and celebrate life by learning how to kill his own food," Nugent said Tuesday.

The 53-year-old rocker said he'd sweeten the deal by "throwing in a few guitar lessons."

Clinton decides against talk show

New York � While admitting he finds the idea intriguing, former President Clinton has thrown cold water on the idea of becoming a television talk show host.

"I don't think so," Clinton told CNN's Larry King during an appearance on the news network Tuesday night. "You know, maybe sometime later in my life I'd like to do it. It would be intriguing to me because I like to talk to people. I'd like to have Dole come on my show and tell me what I did wrong about things."

Earlier this year, Clinton met with NBC executives in Los Angeles about a potential chat show. After those talks cooled, Clinton also listened to an offer from CBS.


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