Racing champ testifies in tax evasion trial

MIAMI - NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was the leadoff defense witness Monday in the Helio Castroneves tax evasion trial, testifying that a lawyer who is also charged in the case has a sterling reputation in the motorsports world.

Johnson, a three-time Sprint Cup winner, said Michigan lawyer Alan Miller has many clients in NASCAR and the Indy Racing League, a circuit where the Brazilian-born Castroneves is a top driver. Both Castroneves and Johnson have received financial guidance from Miller.

'Alan's reputation is about honesty. His character is second to none,' Johnson testified in a 10-minute appearance.

Miller, 71, is charged with conspiracy and tax evasion for allegedly helping Castroneves, 33, and the driver's business manager-sister, 35-year-old Katiucia, avoid U.S. taxes on some $5.5 million. All three face more than six years in prison if convicted.

Fire destroys Bruce Willis' ski lodge

FAIRFIELD, Idaho - Authorities said a fire has destroyed the main lodge at a small ski operation co-owned by Bruce Willis.

Camas County Chief Deputy Brian Miller said the Soldier Mountain Ski Resort lodge and an adjacent ski rental building were destroyed in the Monday morning blaze. No one was injured.

Willis has been working with forest officials on a new master development plan for the south-central Idaho resort.

Josh Hartnett hospitalized for stomach issue

LOS ANGELES - Josh Hartnett's publicist said the 30-year-old actor has been taken to a Los Angeles hospital with gastrointestinal problems.

Publicist Susan Patricola said Hartnett was transported by ambulance at 1:45 a.m. Monday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

She said in a statement that he 'is under observation but is resting comfortably.'

Patricola said Hartnett had a flare-up of a gastrointestinal issue that affected him while he was starring in an onstage production of 'Rain Man' in London last year.