Madonna, Ritchie announce divorce

LONDON - After countless denials of domestic trouble, Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced Wednesday they are divorcing after nearly eight years of marriage.

The couple's announcement brings to an end a showbiz union that spanned the Atlantic and dominated the gossip columns.

Madonna and her filmmaker husband were always greater tabloid fodder in England, where they lived. The pop star seemed to take to English life, spending much of her time at the couple's 1,200-acre country estate in Wiltshire, and to some ears, adopting a slight British accent.

But in recent years, reports began to accumulate that they were on the rocks. Over the summer, Madonna was linked - unfairly, she said - to the breakup of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and his ex-wife Cynthia.

Janet Jackson to resume tour

NEW YORK - Janet Jackson is returning to her 'Rock Witchu' tour and - finally - revealing the mystery illness that led her to cancel a string of concerts.

Following two weeks of scrapped shows, Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour Wednesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington after a bout of migraine-associated vertigo. She is being treated for the illness, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms.

'She's a world-class entertainer and needs to be at the top of her game to give her fans the show they expect,' Jackson's manager, Kenneth Crear, said in a statement.

Jury selection begins in case against Spears

LOS ANGELES - Jury selection has begun in Britney Spears' driver's license case.

The first slate of potential jurors arrived Wednesday morning at the San Fernando Valley courtroom where Spears' case will be heard.

The 26-year-old pop singer is charged with a single count of driving without a valid license. She faces jail time and a fine if convicted, but isn't expected to appear during the case and won't hear the verdict firsthand.