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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Group slams NBC for flying boy home

Group slams NBC for flying boy home

NEW YORK -- The Society of Professional Journalists condemned NBC News for practicing ''checkbook journalism'' by chartering a jet that carried a New Jersey man involved in a bitter custody battle and his son home from Brazil.

David Goldman, who successfully fought the Brazilian family of his now-deceased ex-wife for custody of 9-year-old Sean, granted an interview to Meredith Vieira of NBC's ''Today'' show that aired Monday.

NBC said Goldman was booked for ''Today'' before the network invited him on the plane. The network had already arranged for the plane to bring its own employees home for Christmas, NBC News spokeswoman Lauren Kapp said. If NBC hadn't brought the Goldmans' home, one of its rivals would have, she said.

Stars to turn out for People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Hugh Jackman, Taylor Lautner, Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock are among the stars expected at next week's People's Choice Awards.

Steve Carell, Carrie Underwood, Ellen DeGeneres and LL Cool J are also set to attend the celebrity-filled ceremony on Jan. 6 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live on CBS.

Executive producer Mark Burnett says the stars ''are coming out in droves to thank the fans for their love and support.''

Queen Latifah will host the show in which fans vote for their favorite actors, musicians, movies and TV programs.

Boyle brings act to Japan

NARITA, Japan -- Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has brought her act to Japan.

The 48-year-old church volunteer who rocketed to fame with her surprising performance on ''Britain's Got Talent'' arrived at Tokyo's international airport on Tuesday to prepare for a guest appearance on Japan's premier vocal variety show, which will be aired live on New Year's Eve by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK.

Boyle smiled broadly as she greeted a mob of photographers at the airport, but declined a request for an impromptu song, saying her fans would have to wait for the NHK show.