Nugent lawsuit begins in Mich.

MUSKEGON, Mich. - A trial opened in Muskegon County Circuit Court on Ted Nugent's lawsuit against a summer festival that canceled a concert after he allegedly made racial comments on a Denver radio show.

Nugent filed the breach-of-contract claim against the Muskegon Summer Celebration. The festival canceled his June 2003 concert after he allegedly used slurs referring to blacks and Asians. Nugent has denied making the remarks.

DiCaprio speaks on clean water

SAN FRANCISCO - Leonardo DiCaprio helped environmentalists launch an international campaign to draw attention to the billion people worldwide who don't have access to clean water.

''We are here to help raise awareness about what is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today,'' said DiCaprio, speaking on World Water Day at the Clift Hotel on Tuesday.

DiCaprio signed a petition that calls on President Bush and other government leaders to commit to a legally binding United Nations treaty declaring clean water as a basic human right.

Cassidy's horse in competition

LOS ANGELES - David Cassidy isn't horsing around when he says his life's passion is to win the Kentucky Derby.

The 1970s teen idol has a contender in Mayan King, an undefeated 3-year-old who will run Saturday in the Lane's End Stakes at Kentucky's Turfway Park. Cassidy and some partners own the horse.

Cassidy, 54, has bred horses since he rose to fame playing Keith Partridge on ''The Partridge Family.''

Barker donates $1M to law school

CHICAGO - Bob Barker has donated $1 million to Northwestern University's School of Law to endow a course on animal rights law.

Barker, the host of ''The Price Is Right'' and an animal rights activist, has given similar funds to law schools at Duke, Stanford, Columbia and UCLA.

''We intend to train a growing number of law students in this area of the law in the hope that they will ultimately lead a national effort to make it illegal to brutalize and exploit these helpless creatures,'' Barker said.

- From wire reports