$2 million in jewelry stolen from Hilton
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police are investigating a burglary at Paris Hilton's home they said left her bedroom ransacked and about $2 million in jewelry missing.
Los Angeles police Officer Julianne Sohn said the break-in occurred around 5 a.m. Friday at Hilton's home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Sohn said detectives reported a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt and gloves broke in through the home's front door and ransacked Hilton's bedroom.
Hilton was not at home at the time. She had been photographed the previous night at several LA nightspots.
Hilton's publicist, Elliot Mintz, said he had no information to release Friday afternoon.
Oprah Winfrey receives honor from PETA
CHICAGO - Animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has named Oprah Winfrey its 'Person of the Year.'
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said Friday that Winfrey has used her 'powerful voice to defend those without one.'
Norfolk, Va.-based PETA said the group will send Winfrey an award plaque and a letter of appreciation.
Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions said the talk show host was on hiatus and not available for comment.
Previous winners of the PETA award include U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia in 2007 and the founders of the San Francisco-based cleaning product company Method in 2006.
Singer's death prompts new jail drug policy
CLEVELAND - The death of R&B singer Sean Levert in Cleveland has led to a proposed new policy that provides more flexibility in giving inmates their anti-anxiety medication.
The member of the 1980s R&B trio LeVert and son of lead O'Jays singer Eddie Levert died March 30 after becoming ill at the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland.
The jail administrator and a jail doctor proposed the change to allow inmates to get their prescribed medication as soon as their prescriptions are verified.