Man pleads not guilty to stalking Uma Thurman

NEW YORK - A former psychiatric patient pleaded not guilty Friday to stalking Uma Thurman for nearly two years.

Jack Jordan, 35, has been held on $10,000 bail since his arrest in October. A felony complaint said he had tried unsuccessfully on Nov. 8, 2005, to get into Thurman's trailer on a movie set in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood.

Authorities say he followed her and threatened to kill himself if he saw the 37-year-old actress with another man.

He was arraigned Friday on an attempted coercion charge in Manhattan's state Supreme Court. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Wayne Newton sidelined by viral heart infection

LAS VEGAS - The 'Danke Schoen' crooner has cardiomyopathy, a viral infection of the heart muscle, said Deanna Pettit, a spokeswoman for Harrah's Entertainment Inc., on Friday. Pettit said Wayne Newton has been previously treated for the virus.

The 65-year-old singer has canceled a two-month holiday engagement at Harrah's Las Vegas and won't be performing on the finale of ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars,' Pettit said.

Brooks ends concert series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An international audience joined a Kansas City crowd as Garth Brooks played the final show of the concert series that ended his nine-year touring hiatus.

The show was simulcast to fans in movie theaters across North America and Europe on Wednesday. The 45-year-old country singer had retired from touring to be a stay-at-home dad.

Trumpeter gives $30M donation

to UCLA program

LOS ANGELES - A $30 million gift from Herb Alpert will fund a new music school at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Grammy-winning trumpeter pledged the money through his Herb Alpert Foundation.

The money will bring the university's departments of ethnomusicology, music and musicology under a single umbrella for the study and performance of world, popular and classical music.

- From wire reports