Her visa denied, Winehouse won't attend Grammys
LONDON - Amy Winehouse will not attend this year's Grammy Awards because her request for a visa has been turned down by the U.S. Embassy, her representatives said Thursday.
The Outside Organization, which counts Winehouse among its clients, said in an e-mail that the singer was disappointed but had been treated well by embassy staff.
Jolie visits with Petraeus in Iraq
BAGHDAD - Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's globe-trotting leading lady, swooped into Baghdad on Thursday to highlight the plight of Iraqi refugees, gaining an audience with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the American Embassy said.
On her mission as a U.N. goodwill ambassador, Jolie also met with Iraqi migration officials to stress that there needs to be a coherent plan for the more than 2 million internally displaced Iraqis who are beginning to trickle back to their homes amid a recent lull in violence.
Emergency request made in Spears case
LOS ANGELES - The court commissioner who placed Britney Spears under conservatorship held a closed-door hearing after reviewing an unspecified emergency request in the case.
It was not immediately known who brought Thursday's action, known as an ex-parte motion.
Magazine honors writer McMillan
NEW YORK - Terry McMillan has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from Essence magazine for her best-selling, irreverent novels about the everyday struggles of modern American black women.
McMillan's best-known books are 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' and 'Waiting to Exhale.' Both were made into movies.