Garth Brooks signs contract with Wal-Mart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Country superstar Garth Brooks has signed an exclusive multiyear contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

No details of the agreement were released by Wal-Mart officials Friday, but Billboard and the Los Angeles Times reported the deal will make Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and their online outlets the only places where Brooks' music will be commercially available.

Time running

out for Hendrix's boyhood home

SEATTLE - Time is running short for a group hoping to make the boyhood home of Jimi Hendrix the centerpiece of a community music center.

On Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson refused to extend a temporary restraining order that barred the city from demolishing the modest two-bedroom house.

However, Robinson said she thought the effort to preserve the house was worthwhile and gave the owners until Sept. 1 to seek emergency relief from the state Court of Appeals.

Harrah's taking Stewart to court

LAS VEGAS - Rod Stewart and gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment are headed to federal court in a dispute over a canceled casino concert.

The Harrah's-owned Rio hotel-casino accuses Stewart of breach of contract, contending he has no right to keep $2 million for the canceled Dec. 30, 2000, show in Las Vegas.

Stewart's lawyer, Louis "Skip" Miller of Los Angeles, said the show was canceled after Stewart underwent thyroid cancer surgery in May 2000.

'Guiding Light' resumes taping

NEW YORK - The soap opera "Guiding Light" was cleared to resume taping Friday after the cleanup of a mercury-contaminated set, officials said.

Taping at the show's East Side studio was interrupted Thursday just before a dramatic emergency-room scene when a set designer dropped a blood-pressure device that was being used as a prop and mercury spilled onto the floor. The DEP found elevated levels of mercury in the air and a 24-hour evacuation was ordered.

- From wire reports