J.K. Rowling stresses role of imagination

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - J.K. Rowling extolled the crucial importance of imagination during a speech Thursday at Harvard University's spring commencement, saying, 'We do not need magic to transform our world.'

The 'Harry Potter' author also stressed the benefit of failure, recalling the humiliations of her time in poverty before her career took off with her string of novels about a bespectacled boy wizard.

Before the speech, two members of Harvard's class of 1936 paid tribute to Rowling by carrying brooms during an alumni procession.

Ozzy Osbourne accepts damages and apology

LONDON - Ozzy Osbourne has accepted undisclosed libel damages and an apology over a newspaper claim that he was ill at the Brit Awards.

The 59-year-old rocker sued over a story in the Daily Star that alleged he had toppled over twice just before the televised ceremony and that he was moved around the awards in an electric buggy.

Osbourne's lawyer, John Kelly, told a court in London on Thursday that none of the allegations were put to Osbourne or his representatives before they were published.

Gordon Ramsay opens Calif. restaurant

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Gordon Ramsay is in a California state of mind.

The fiery Scottish chef and star of Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Kitchen Nightmares' was all smiles at the opening of his latest restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, on Wednesday evening. The event was attended by celebrity guests such as 'Will and & Grace' co-star Eric McCormack, 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham.

So why did Ramsay decide to set up shop on the West Coast?

'It's less aggressive than New York,' he told The Associated Press in the kitchen during the opening celebration. 'Vegas? I don't want to play my card in Las Vegas. It's materialistic. Here, it's proper. I'm very happy to be here. Everything is in abundance in California.'