'Idol' host gets Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES - The host of ''American Idol'' has become an idol himself.

Ryan Seacrest was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by his colleagues, ''Idol'' judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

Seacrest, 30, a 15-year radio veteran, said he thought the event would be most unpopular star dedication ever.

Abdul's actions not a result of drugs, she says

NEW YORK - Don't mistake Paula Abdul's ''American Idol'' niceties or silliness for drug addiction. Despite a neuropathic disorder and 12 operations, Abdul says she's ''not addicted to pills of any kind.''

Sandler to serve as NASCAR grand marshal

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Bumping into the entertainment industry, the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup race May 1 at Talladega Superspeedway will have Adam Sandler serving as grand marshal.

No joking, the 38-year-old actor has been given the job of saying, ''Gentlemen, start your engines!''

'Fahrenheit 9/11' director sets up scholarships

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Michael Moore has established a scholarship for students who defy the administration at California State University, San Marcos - the school that canceled a talk by the filmmaker last year.

The Michael Moore Freedom of Speech Scholarship will award $2,500 each to two Cal State San Marcos students.

The first of the annual scholarships will be awarded in the 2005-2006 academic year. Winners will be announced in June.

- From wire reports