Madonna sues building board over apartment

NEW YORK - Madonna has sued the people who run her luxury co-op building overlooking Central Park, complaining they won't let her buy a neighbor's apartment.

She claims in court papers that the co-op's board of directors wrongfully blocked her purchase of the seventh-floor apartment at 1 W. 64th St. on the Upper West Side. Madonna, who already owns a large apartment in the building, is asking the court to let the sale go through and award her legal fees, according to a notice filed Wednesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court.

'General Hospital' star apologizes to fans for quitting

NEW YORK - In case anyone is still carrying a grudge from 1982, Genie Francis would like her fans to know she's sorry.

The actress played Laura on the ABC daytime soap opera 'General Hospital,' and her fairy-tale wedding to Luke (played by Anthony Geary) riveted 30 million viewers in 1981 and landed the couple on the cover of Newsweek.

Now Francis is apologizing for suddenly quitting the show the following year.

Boone releases first Christmas album in decades

LOS ANGELES - Pat Boone is no stranger to holiday music.

'I think I have sung and recorded more Christmas songs than just about anybody,' the 73-year-old singer says.

But then he heard demos of new yuletide songs written by Paul Alter.

The result is Boone's first Christmas album in decades, 'The True Spirit of Christmas.'

Elton John gets rare bird-feather cloak award

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Elton John has received a specially made bird-feather cloak for his many visits to Maori communities.

'It's the Maori equivalent to an Academy Award' and means the 60-year-old British singer is an honored member of the Ngati Te Whiti sub-tribe, group chairman Peter Love said. Friday in a statement.