Spears avoids trial by paying for fender-bender

LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears is no longer facing hit-and-run charges since she paid off the other car's driver in the fender-bender, but she still has to deal with one count of driving without a license, a court commissioner ruled Thursday.

Spears was not required to attend the hearing on the misdemeanor charges stemming from an Aug. 6 parking lot mishap.

Berry apologizes for making joke

NEW YORK - Halle Berry is the latest celebrity to join the Foot-in-Mouth Club.

The 41-year-old actress has apologized for making an inappropriate joke at last Friday's taping of NBC's ""The Tonight Show.'

Berry, who showed host Jay Leno photos of herself that she had distorted by using computer software, remarked that one snapshot - in which her nose appeared cartoonishly large - made her ""look like my Jewish cousin.'

After she made the comment, Leno quipped: ""I'm glad you said it.'

""I so didn't mean to offend anybody - and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did,' Berry told the New York Post.

Queen Latifah: Hollywood has gotten better with body type

NEW YORK - Queen Latifah says the definition of beauty is changing.

""Beauty is not just a white girl. It's so many different flavors and shades,' the 37-year-old rapper-actress tells People magazine in its latest issue. ""It's good for regular girls because the meter (for beauty) has been a slim white girl.'

""(In Hollywood) we've definitely gotten better with body type,' she says. ""It used to be just me! Now with Jennifer Hudson's success and America Ferrera, I got some successors to take the reins on this whole bodylicious thing.'

Latifah describes herself as being voluptuous - ""definitely curvaceous.'

""I think I'm normal compared to the statistics,' she says. ""This is a big country nowadays.'