Jackson replacing attorneys

Los Angeles -- Michael Jackson is replacing high-profile attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman in his child molestation case, the lawyers told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The pop superstar's new lawyer will be Thomas Mesereau Jr., another well-known criminal defense attorney who represented actor Robert Blake in his murder case until they recently parted company, citing irreconcilable differences.

"Based on recent developments and discussions with various persons in the Jackson camp, it became clear that it would be best if Mark and I decided to step down," Brafman said. "And that's what we elected to do."

Gorgeous is as gorgeous does

Atlanta -- Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey realizes many women wish they could have her successful life.

"I know what that's like because I grew up wishing I could be Diana Ross," Winfrey said.

Winfrey spoke Saturday during her "Hi Gorgeous" tour, which promotes health, body acceptance and individuality. The sold-out event was geared toward subscribers of O, The Oprah Magazine, but also drew fans of her TV show.

Nearly 3,000 women paid $45 each to hear Winfrey speak and to learn lifestyle tips on healthy eating, matching wine with food and yoga. The tour stops in Kansas City on May 8; tickets are sold out.

Playwright Miller honored

Tulsa, Okla. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller has been named the winner of the 2004 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.

The selection committee chose Miller on Friday, citing his body of work, which includes classics such as "The Crucible" and "Death of a Salesman," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.

The award, which includes a $25,000 cash award, will be presented to Miller on Dec. 4.

Miller's work also includes "All My Sons," "A View From the Bridge" and "The Misfits," written in 1961 for then-wife Marilyn Monroe.

Former GE chief remarries

Boston -- Retired General Electric CEO Jack Welch brought a host of high-profile executives and media celebrities to Boston during the weekend for his marriage to former Harvard Business Review editor Suzy Wetlaufer.

"It's never been better, man," said Welch, 68, giving a thumbs up as he descended the rose petal-strewn front steps of the Park Street Church.

Wetlaufer became involved with Welch after interviewing him for a Harvard Business Review profile, and left the magazine shortly after the relationship was disclosed.

Guests included InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, "Today" show host Matt Lauer, talk show hosts Charlie Rose and John McLaughlin, lobbyist Vernon Jordan and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.


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