Britney Spears taken to hospital

LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance early Thursday and escorted to the hospital by more than a dozen police officers in cars, on motorcycles and in helicopters.

The 26-year-old pop star was being taken to 'get help,' said a Los Angeles police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. The Los Angeles Times cited unidentified authorities who said Spears was being placed on a 'mental evaluation hold.'

Spears was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where her mother, Lynne, was seen leaving its psychiatric hospital at about 5:30 a.m. When asked by a throng of paparazzi and reporters whether Britney was doing all right, Lynne Spears replied, 'Yeah,' before leaving.

McCartney says he didn't undergo angioplasty

NEW YORK - Paul McCartney said recent media reports that he had a heart procedure last year are 'entirely untrue.'

'People are ringing and texting me saying, 'Are you OK?' he writes in a posting on his newly redesigned Web site. 'I hadn't seen the report so I was puzzled by so many enquiries about my health. So I think it's a good time to put this rumour to rest.'

Badu 'identifies' with Palestinian hip-hop music

TEL AVIV, Israel - Sporting a huge, billowing Afro and a T-shirt with an anti-Iraq war slogan, Erykah Badu said she identifies with Palestinian hip-hop and expressed support for Louis Farrakhan before a crowd of Israeli fans and journalists Thursday.

'I come from across the water bringing light and hope,' the 36-year-old singer said. She is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.

'E.T.' won't run Ledger video

NEW YORK - 'Entertainment Tonight' says it won't air a video it has acquired that shows the late Heath Ledger at a Hollywood party where drugs were apparently being taken.

The syndicated magazine's sister show, 'The Insider,' aired a 'preview' of the video Wednesday that showed an unidentified man apparently snorting cocaine. The show said, however, that the video does not show Ledger doing drugs.