Oprah asks court to dismiss defamation suit

PHILADELPHIA - Oprah Winfrey wants a court to dismiss or order arbitration in a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-headmistress of her girls school in South Africa.

Nomvuyo Mzamane sued over remarks the media mogul made following sex-abuse complaints at the $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, near Johannesburg. A dorm matron who worked under Mzamane was charged with abusing six students last year.

According to the lawsuit, filed last month in Philadelphia, Winfrey falsely implied that Mzamane wasn't trustworthy through comments about the need to clean house and remarks such as, 'I thought she cared about the girls of South Africa.'

Her lawsuit seeks more than $250,000 on five defamation and related counts from Winfrey and her production companies.

Madonna says work a good distraction from split with Ritchie

NEW YORK - Madonna's marital breakup is tough, but she says she's grateful that her heavy workload 'provides a distraction that keeps me going.'

'I'm sad about my personal life, but I feel very blessed and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I do in my professional life,' Madonna told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. 'It would be horrible if I was just thinking about getting a divorce and had nothing to do.'

Last week, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce after eight years of marriage.

Gerard Way to become a dad

NEW YORK - My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way's newest creation isn't a CD - it's an upcoming baby.

A rep for the singer says Way, 31, and wife Lindsey, bass player of the band Mindless Self Indulgence, are expecting their first child. The baby is due early in the summer 2009.

The pair have been married since Sept. 4, 2007.

My Chemical Romance is known for hits like 'Famous Last Words' and 'Welcome to the Black Parade.'