Farley gets star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES - Comedian Chris Farley was a motivational speaker, a rabid fan and a topless dancer on "Saturday Night Live." On Friday, the late comic was the toast of his castmates as they honored him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I think it's sweet that everyone still has a real nice place in their hearts for him, they still remember him," said actor-comedian David Spade, who appeared with Farley during his 1990-95 reign on the show.

Fans, friends and family surrounded Farley's star, the walk's 2,289th, in front of the Improv Olympic West theater where the actor used to perform. Among other celebrities in attendance were "SNL" alums Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.

Osbourne feuding with Iron Maiden

LOS ANGELES - Sharon Osbourne says she cut Iron Maiden's power during a concert on this summer's Ozzfest tour.

The wife of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne has accused the heavy metal group's singer Bruce Dickinson of badmouthing her husband on stage.

During the same show in Devore earlier this month, Iron Maiden's members were pelted with eggs and debris from the crowd.

Author defends Ripper curiosity

LONDON- Best-selling American crime writer Patricia Cornwell has taken out a full-page newspaper ad to defend her investigation into solving a 19th century killing spree.

The ads in two British national newspapers on Saturday came days after one of the papers accused her of having an "obsession" with the Jack the Ripper case.

In a 2002 book, Cornwell claimed to have solved the mystery of the Ripper, who murdered and mutilated at least five prostitutes in London's filthy, foggy East End in 1888.

Astin to join '24'

NEW YORK - Sean Astin, the former "Lord of the Rings" hobbit, will again find himself in a situation where the fate of the world hangs in the balance - albeit in a slightly more condensed time frame.

Astin will join the cast of Fox's "24," the network announced Friday.

- From wire reports