Sunday, December 14, 2003

Pavarotti marries in Italy

Modena, Italy -- Luciano Pavarotti married his longtime partner and producer Nicoletta Mantovani on Saturday in a song-filled, celebrity-studded ceremony in the main theater of the tenor's hometown.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside Modena's Teatro Comunale to watch the bride, dressed in a rose-colored Armani gown and toting a bouquet of pink roses, arrive for the nuptials with her father.

The couple's year-old daughter, Alice, was the official host of the wedding.

Queen recovering after surgery

London -- Queen Elizabeth II left a London hospital Saturday, a day after she underwent successful knee surgery and had benign skin lesions removed from her face.

The 77-year-old queen, walking with a cane, left the private King Edward VII Hospital around 10 a.m.

Buckingham Palace has said the arthroscopic surgery that removed torn cartilage from her left knee took about an hour and a quarter Friday. Doctors also removed benign lesions from her face while she was under anesthetic.

Preacher objects to Hef ads

Los Angeles -- The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, whose weekly "Hour of Power" televangelist show airs nationwide, is objecting to TV ads that use Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to hawk a new line of hamburgers.

The ads are for "The Six Dollar Burger," sold by Carl's Jr. restaurants. They feature Hefner, 77, holding a bulging sandwich.

"People always ask me, 'Hey Hef, do you have favorites?"' he says in one version. "I love them all. It just depends on what I'm in the mood for."

The tag line is: "Because some guys don't like the same thing night after night."

In his weekly sermon, Schuller denounces the ads as harmful to children and demeaning to women.