50 Cent says company overbilled for mansion repair

HARTFORD, Conn. - Rapper 50 Cent said Tuesday that he never would have bought a Connecticut mansion once owned by boxer Mike Tyson had he realized it would require millions in repairs and renovations.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, testified in Hartford Superior Court as part of his lawsuit against BVH Integrated Services, a Bloomfield-based engineering firm.

50 Cent testified he hired the firm to inspect the 52-room, 48,000-plus-square-foot Farmington mansion in 2003 when he was buying it from Tyson's ex-wife. The company was to make a visual inspection to determine how much it would cost to repair the roof, decks, driveway and other aspects of the property.

The company's estimate was for about $500,000, but 50 Cent spent about $6 million on repairs and renovations. He said about $3 million of that was excessive.

Conan on 'The Tonight Show' gets big ratings

NEW YORK - Conan O'Brien has reason to smile after his debut as 'Tonight' show host.

His first Nielsen Media Research report card shows a 7.1 rating and 17 audience share in the nation's biggest media markets. The numbers indicate more people checked out O'Brien's show out than watched David Letterman's 'Late Show' and ABC's 'Nightline' combined.

A typical 'Tonight' show this season had a 4.0 rating.

Lawsuit: Book not authorized by Salinger

NEW YORK - J.D. Salinger is taking another fan to court.

The 90-year-old creator of 'The Catcher in the Rye,' as protective of his work as he is of his privacy, is seeking an injunction against the writer, publishers and distributor of a spinoff of the author's famous novel.