Longoria, Parker wed in Paris

n PARIS - Stretch limo for her; minivan for him - and a romantic Paris wedding for both.

Professional basketball star Tony Parker married 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria at a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday - a prelude to their expected star-studded weekend wedding bash at a lavish and storied chateau.

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe officiated and gave a speech saying how happy he was that they were married in the City of Light, said the mayor of Paris' 4th District, Dominique Bertinotti.

Lavigne sued by band for alleged 'Girlfriend' ripoff

n SAN FRANCISCO - Avril Lavigne faces a lawsuit by the members of a 1970s rock band who claim her hit song 'Girlfriend' rips off one of their tunes.

Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that Lavigne and her co-writers lifted their 1979 song 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,' which was originally performed by new wave band The Rubinoos.

'We are not so naive as to chalk it up to some sort of cosmic coincidence,' Dunbar said Thursday.

Famed designer marking 45 years in fashion field

n ROME - Valentino is planning to paint the city red with festivities marking 45 years in fashion.

The man who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis, spiffed up the look of once shy Princess Diana and outfitted Julia Roberts the night she took home the Oscar, began celebrations with the opening Friday of a retrospective at Rome's Ara Pacis museum.

The anniversary brings Valentino back to the Eternal City for the first time since he packed his fashion bags for Paris 17 years ago.

Newspaper: Prince William, ex-girlfriend are

back together

n LONDON - Prince William has persuaded his former girlfriend, Kate Middleton, to rekindle their relationship 12 weeks after they split up, a British newspaper reported Friday.

The report in The Sun, citing an unidentified royal source, came five days after Middleton attended a concert celebrating the life of William's mother, Princess Diana, further fueling rumors that the two have reconciled.

- From wire reports