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    PEACE TRIBUTE: Yoko Ono said John Lennon is still helping her in her endeavors as an artist and peace activist as she paid tribute to her late husband before what would have been his 70th birthday. Ono visited Lennon's childhood home and school in northern England's Liverpool yesterday. She was welcomed by hundreds of students at Dovedale School before she went to the semi-detached family home that Lennon shared with his aunt from 1945-63. The musician was shot outside his New York home in 1980, when he was 40 years old. He would have been 70 on Oct. 9. Ono will travel from her home in New York to Iceland on Lennon's birthday to light the Imagine Peace Tower, an illuminated memorial.


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Regal discontinues movie listings ad

Regal Cinemas has decided to discontinue its daily advertisement listing movies at its theaters. If you have questions or comments, please contact Regal.



Allen lends his growl to Chevrolet ads

DETROIT » The star of "Home Improvement" and the "Toy Story" movies is becoming a pitchman for Chevrolet.

General Motors Co. says Tim Allen will be a spokesman for the brand and will star in a series of TV ads for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that begin airing on Tuesday.

Allen, 57, is best-known for playing a tool buff in the TV series "Home Improvement." He was also the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" trilogy.

The Cruze ads will feature voiceover from Allen and will offer comparisons of the Cruze with competitor models.

The Cruze, a compact sedan, is a key vehicle for GM as it aims to compete in the small car segment. That segment is dominated by competitors like the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.


Australia lets Hogan return home to U.S.

SYDNEY » Actor Paul Hogan, star of the "Crocodile Dundee" movie trilogy, has been cleared to return home to the United States after he was barred last month from leaving Australia because of a disputed tax bill, his lawyer said yesterday.

The 70-year-old Australian-born actor, who lives in Los Angeles, arrived in Sydney on Aug. 20 to attend his mother’s funeral and was served with an Australian Taxation Office order barring him from leaving Australia until he settles a multimillion-dollar tax bill, lawyer Andrew Robinson said last week.

Robinson said yesterday after a "cordial and cooperative" meeting between Hogan’s lawyers and tax officials, an agreement was reached that will allow Hogan to return to the U.S.

"While the Commissioner and Mr. Hogan remain in dispute on more general taxation issues, Mr. Hogan continues to protest his innocence and denies any wrongdoing," Robinson said in a statement.

The tax office refuses to comment due to a policy of not discussing individual cases.


Court penalizes YouTube for videos

BERLIN » A German court ruled yesterday that Google Inc.’s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws.

The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether they have the necessary rights to publish material is not enough to relieve YouTube of the legal responsibility for the content, especially because the platform can be used anonymously.

Google is evaluating the 60-page ruling but will appeal the decision, company spokesman Henning Dorstewitz told The Associated Press.


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