Meat Loaf to resume tour

London -- Singer Meat Loaf, who underwent heart surgery after collapsing onstage in London last week, said Friday that doctors had cleared him to resume his stalled British tour.

But the burly belter, renowned for his theatrical, sweat-soaked shows, said the health scare had shaken his confidence.

"I've never really been nervous about going onstage, but I'm a little bit nervous," Meat Loaf told reporters in London. "I'm having a few anxiety attacks.

"I just have to talk myself into being a bit calmer when I take the stage."

The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a show Nov. 17 at London's Wembley Arena.

Equine Pesci wins race

Inglewood, Calif. -- Joe Pesci had more to celebrate than just Thanksgiving Thursday, as a horse named after the actor romped to an 8 1/2-length victory at Hollywood Park.

Pesci, a 3-year-old filly making her first start, was entered in a six furlong race for maidens. She paid $3, $2.10 and $2.10.

The two-legged Pesci, who co-owns the horse with trainer Wesley Ward, was pleased about the win.

"What can I say, I'm stuffed," he said.

The 60-year-old actor has been a horse racing fan for years, but his namesake represents his first ownership experience.

Shriver finding first-lady role

Sacramento, Calif. -- Maria Shriver says she's still trying to figure out how to juggle her roles as California's first lady, television journalist and mother.

"I have no clue how I'll fit all these pieces of my life together," Shriver said.

Her marriage to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has put her in an entirely new role. She made her first solo appearance as first lady Wednesday at a Sacramento food bank.

Shriver, who returned part time to her job with NBC News last week, said she was "not involved in the politics of the Legislature and my husband. Does my heart go out to families that struggle? Yes. I'm a big believer that all of us can make a difference in those people's lives."

Now she loves politics

Albany, N.Y. -- Does Howard Dean love rock 'n' roll? He'd better or he may hear from one of his potential national convention delegates.

A slate of convention delegate candidates from New York made public by the Dean presidential campaign includes Joan Jett, whose 1981 song with the Blackhearts "I Love Rock-n-Roll" has become a rock anthem.

"This whole process intrigues me," Jett said. "I'm stepping into new territory. It's very exciting."

If she's elected during New York's March 2 presidential primary, Jett would go to the Democratic National Convention next summer as a Dean delegate.

Jett, 43, said she agreed with Dean's stance against the war in Iraq, though she is a champion of members of the U.S. military.


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