Shakira, British PM Brown praise each other for education work

LONDON - George Clooney. Angelina Jolie. Shakira.

Not a red carpet lineup, but a roll call of celebrities the sometimes dour British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recruited to inject glamour into his appeals to help the developing world.

Brown joined a telephone conference Monday with Shakira, praising the Colombian pop sensation for taking an inspirational role in work to provide a basic education for every child in the world.

Shakira also praised Brown, who as British treasury chief in 2006 pledged $15 billion over 10 years for education in the developing world - the largest offer of aid from a Group of Eight industrialized nation.

'CSI' creator to write memoirs

NEW YORK - The creator and executive producer of CBS' 'CSI' franchise is planning to write his memoirs.

Anthony E. Zuiker has signed a deal with Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, the company announced Monday. The book is set for release in the fall of 2009.

In the book, tentatively titled 'Mr. CSI,' Zuiker discusses his gangster father, and the decisions he made during his journey from Las Vegas bellhop to Hollywood mogul, Collins said.

'My life has certainly been one of extremes,' Zuiker said in a statement. 'But they show that what may seem like bad luck or an accident of good fortune are in reality due to basic rules all of us can follow when making the decisions that affect our life and work.'

Illness forces Allman Brothers to cancel shows

NEW YORK - The Allman Brothers Band has canceled its annual run of performances at the Beacon Theatre as founding member Gregg Allman continues to recover from hepatitis C.

The band had been scheduled to play 15 sold-out shows at the Beacon - an annual run of concerts that draws people from all over the country who pay several hundred dollars for tickets to see the blues-rock legends.

The band usually plays in March but previously said it was postponing those shows until the fall while Allman recovered from hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.