Jolie praises troop surge

NEW YORK - Actress and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie said Thursday that the reinforcement of U.S. troops in Iraq has created an opportunity for humanitarian programs to boost assistance for Iraqi refugees.

In an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post, titled 'A Reason to Stay in Iraq,' Jolie details the plight of refugees and says their conditions have not improved since she visited the country last August to urge governments to provide more support.

Schwarzenegger wants tank back so kids can ride

SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he asked an Ohio museum to return his Austrian army tank because he was concerned about the upkeep and wants to offer rides to schoolchildren.

Schwarzenegger, a native of Austria, said he plans to offer the rides to inner-city children in the Los Angeles area as a reward for staying in school, avoiding drugs and working hard.

Records: Michael Jackson late on house payments

LOS ANGELES - Public documents show Michael Jackson has repeatedly failed to make mortgage payments on a Los Angeles home that has been used for years by his family.

Documents filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office indicate the reclusive pop star was most recently in default last month on the property in Encino, an area in the San Fernando Valley.

Car-building TV show host dies

LOS ANGELES - Car-building legend Boyd Coddington, who hosted the testosterone-injected cable TV reality show 'American Hot Rod," has died. He was 63.

Coddington died Wednesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in suburban Whittier. His La Habra office spokeswoman Amanda Curry wouldn't disclose the cause of death.