Thursday, September 11, 2003

Osbournes split for short time

New York -- Sharon Osbourne said she briefly left her husband, Ozzy, around the time their teenage son, Jack, entered rehab.

The Osbourne matriarch said that while the family was waiting for a bed to become available for Jack at a treatment center, Sharon's rock-star husband continued abusing alcohol and prescription drugs himself.

"I just said, 'You just have to stop,' and he didn't. And I said, 'Well then, I'm going.' And I packed my bags, and I left," Sharon Osbourne told Barbara Walters in an interview for ABC's "20/20." The separation lasted just a few days, she said.

The interview is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Friday.

Spain honors J.K. Rowling

Madrid, Spain -- "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Prize Wednesday "for having helped children of all races and cultures to discover the joy of reading."

The jury also praised Rowling, whose five books about the boy wizard have dominated best-seller lists for years, for having encouraged children to "find in Harry Potter's fascinating adventures a stimulus for imagination and creativity."

The Concord is one of eight Prince of Asturias awards given annually.

Rowling will receive a $56,000 cash prize and a sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miro. The awards are presented each fall in the northern city of Oviedo by the heir to the Spanish throne, Prince Felipe of Asturias.

Coldplay hot on global trade

Cancun, Mexico -- The British rock group Coldplay is campaigning to give poor countries better access to global trade, but don't expect their activism to show up in their music anytime soon.

"It's very hard to find things that rhyme with North American Free Trade Agreement," lead singer Chris Martin said Tuesday.

Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland hoisted four giant green letters spelling "HOPE" on a beach near Cancun's convention center, where ministers from 146 World Trade Organization countries are trying to come up with a global deal to liberalize trade.

Coldplay is taking part in a campaign called Make Trade Fair, which has collected more than 3 million signatures from around the world urging the WTO to make its rules benefit poor nations as well as rich ones.

Cash home from hospital

Nashville, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash has been released from Baptist Hospital, where he had been treated for an unspecified stomach ailment for two weeks.

Cash, 71, was admitted to the hospital Aug. 25. It forced him to miss the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, where his video, "Hurt," a song about drug addiction written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, won for best cinematography.

Cash suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He's been in the hospital several times in recent years.