New child abuse claim leveled against Michael Jackson

Los Angeles -- Detectives are investigating a new allegation of child abuse against pop star Michael Jackson involving a person who claims to have been victimized in the late 1980s, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Jackson has pleaded innocent to child molestation charges involving another alleged victim in Santa Barbara County. Jackson attorney Benjamin Brafman said he was unaware of the Los Angeles Police Department investigation.

"We have never been informed by the LAPD of any investigation that they are conducting of Michael Jackson," he said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office asked the LAPD to investigate the new allegation a month ago, said Mary Grady, commander of the department's public information office.

Around the world in 80 or so days

London -- Ewan McGregor is getting ready to travel from London to New York, but there will be no first-class comfort for the down-to-earth Scot.

He's going by road.

McGregor and fellow actor Charley Boorman plan to set out this week on a motorcycle journey across Europe, Asia and North America that will get them to New York City by about July.

Spurred by a desire for adventure and a hankering for the open road, the "Moulin Rouge!" star and Boorman hatched a plan for a riding holiday that grew from a trip through Spain to a 20,000-mile odyssey across three continents, from the highways of Western Europe to Russia's rutted roads and the grassy tracks of the Mongolian steppe.

"When we get off the train in Calais, the next stop is eastern Siberia," said the 33-year-old McGregor.

Sweet deal

Hershey, Pa. -- Latin singing star Thalia Sodi will appear in a Spanish-language print and television advertising campaign for Hershey Foods Corp.

The nation's largest candy maker also plans to introduce a line of chocolate products featuring her name and designed to "appeal to Hispanic tastes."

Those candies will feature Hershey brands with "chili"-based flavors and "dulce de leche" fillings, among other flavor variations, the company said Monday.

Sodi, known as Thalia, already has a line of women's apparel at Kmart.

'Hamlet' worth a million

Boston -- A rare edition of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" could fetch well over $1 million when it is auctioned at Christie's in New York.

The nearly 400-year-old book is one of 19 copies of the 1611 printing of known to exist, and is the only one remaining in private hands. It was owned by Mary Hyde, Viscountess Eccles, a New Jersey book collector.

While other rare finds from Lady Eccles' collection are also being auctioned Wednesday, early editions of "King Lear," "Richard II" and "Macbeth" among them, the "Hamlet," because of its condition and rarity, is expected to attract the most attention. Christie's has estimated its worth between $1.5 and $2 million.


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