Bono ready to make noise

Dublin, Ireland -- Bono said he'll join a campaign of civil disobedience if rich countries don't do more to fight world poverty.

"The people I represent -- the activists from my community -- will take a very, very different tack in the next few years if these trends are to continue in Africa," the U2 lead singer said Tuesday at the Dublin launch of a U.N. report warning that international programs to help poor nations out of poverty are failing in many countries.

"I am ready to march with my activist friends in campaigns of civil disobedience," he added. "We are about to get very noisy, we are about to bang a lot of dustbin lids. This issue is the defining issue of our time and some of us are ready to really work on it."

Beanie bear honors Reagan

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Move over Teddy, it's Ronnie the bear.

When the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joins the fleet this weekend, there will be more than 5,500 sailors -- and one small gray bear -- on board.

The Santa Barbara Council of the Navy League of the United States, which has adopted the ship, introduced the carrier's unofficial mascot and a collector bear called Ronnie.

Ronnie the bear, a Beanie Baby from Ty, sports a white sailor hat and naval collar and comes with logos of the Navy League and the USS Ronald Reagan. It will be available in stores nationwide next week.

The league has outfitted a number of the ship's spaces with posters commemorating various stages of Reagan's life, from his acting career to his California governorship and his presidency.

Osbournes plan season 3

Los Angeles -- Get ready for a third season of family dysfunction, messy pets and four-letter words.

"The Osbournes" will return for 20 new episodes on MTV early next year, the network announced. Filming at the family's Beverly Hills mansion will resume this fall.

"The Osbournes" is MTV's biggest-ever hit, although ratings have slipped since its debut in March 2002. The network says the second season is averaging more than 3 million viewers.

Since the unscripted reality show began, viewers have seen matriarch Sharon Osbourne undergo cancer treatments and 17-year-old son Jack recently emerge from a stint in rehab.

Princess Diana: Superhero

London -- Diana, Princess of Wales, will be reincarnated by Marvel Comics as a mutant cartoon hero, reports BBC Online.

The character is to appear in a story line called Di Another Day, which will be featured in Marvel's X-Statix monthly comic, a spin-off from its X-Men series.

The Diana character will be one of a team of super-powered mutants, who, a Marvel spokesman said, would be a satirical look at fame and pop culture.

Writer Peter Milligan said the princess, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, was "tailor made" for the series because she is "someone famous for being famous.

"And of course, she looks great in Spandex!"


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