Bono pushing for aid to Africa

DAVOS, Switzerland - Rock star Bono bowed deeply and gave Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda an iPod at the start of a meeting Saturday to try to get more Japanese support for the fight against poverty in Africa.

The gift broke the ice as Fukuda sat down with Bono, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other major supporters of more aid for Africa.

Christian Brando dies at hospital from pneumonia

LOS ANGELES - Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late famed actor Marlon Brando, has died from pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital, an attorney said Saturday. He was 49.

Brando died Saturday morning at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, said David Seeley, an attorney representing Marlon Brando's estate.

Seeley said Brando was taken to the hospital on Jan. 11. There are no funeral plans yet scheduled, he added.

Stallone says he used HGH to get buff for 'Rambo'

NEW YORK - Sylvester Stallone says he used human growth hormone to get buff for the new 'Rambo' movie, and defends its use.

'HGH (human growth hormone) is nothing,' the 61-year-old actor tells Time magazine in its Feb. 4 issue. 'Anyone who calls it a steroid is grossly misinformed.'

Because it is nearly undetectable, HGH has become a substance of great concern in major league baseball and other sports battling allegations of rampant doping.

Ledger's body removed from N.Y. funeral home

NEW YORK - Details about funeral arrangements for actor Heath Ledger remained secret as his body was taken from a Manhattan funeral home.

Ledger's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said Friday the arrangements 'will continue to be kept private at the family's request.'

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said his government would do whatever was needed to help the family bring back the 28-year-old Ledger's body to Australia.

- From wire reports