Actor David Carradine found dead

BANGKOK - David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series 'Kung Fu' whose career roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's 'Kill Bill,' was found dead Thursday in Thailand. Police said he appeared to have hanged himself.

The officer responsible for investigating the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the 72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

'I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet,' Teerapop said. He said police suspected suicide.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, said the embassy was informed by Thai authorities that Carradine died either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of consideration for his family.

Carradine was in Bangkok shooting the movie 'Stretch,' said his manager, Chuck Binder.

Houston's new album due in September

NEW YORK - The date for Whitney Houston's comeback has been set.

Arista Records said her long-awaited album will be released Sept. 1. Houston hasn't released a CD in seven years.

So far, there's no word on a title for the album.

Jay-Z tops magazine's 'Power 30'

NEW YORK - It's been a minute since Jay-Z released an album, but he's still got enough swagger to land on The Source's 'Power 30' list.

The hip-hop magazine says Jay-Z tops the list because he's an industry leader and a top businessman, with his ventures with Live Nation and Rocawear, and his part-ownership of the New Jersey Nets.

Others on the list include Diddy and 50 Cent.