Swayze loses cancer battle at age 57

LOS ANGELES - Patrick Swayze has died after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Swayze's publicist, Annett Wolf, said the 57-year-old 'Dirty Dancing' actor died Monday with family at his side. He came forward about his illness last spring but continued working as he underwent treatments.

Swayze became a star in 1987 with his performance in 'Dirty Dancing,' a coming-of-age story set in a Catskills resort.

The 1990 film 'Ghost' cemented his status as a screen favorite. Swayze played a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee through a spirit played by Whoopi Goldberg.

Official: No Ukrainian adoption for Elton John

KIEV, Ukraine - Elton John won't be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from Ukraine because the pop star is too old and isn't married, the government said Monday.

Adoption and gay rights advocates expressed regret about the determination by Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, while a children's charity had reservations about John's weekend announcement that he and his male partner, David Furnish, wanted to adopt the boy.

John announced his desire after meeting the boy, named Lev, while touring an orphanage Saturday as part of an anti-AIDS charity project.

Inspiration for 'Norma Rae' dies at 68

RALEIGH, N.C. - Crystal Lee Sutton, whose fight to unionize Southern textile plants with low pay and poor conditions was dramatized in the film 'Norma Rae,' has died. She was 68.

Sutton died Friday in a hospice after a long battle with brain cancer, her son, Jay Jordan, said Monday.

'She fought it as long as she could and she crossed on over to her new life,' he said.

Actress Sally Field portrayed a character based on Sutton in the movie and won a best-actress Academy Award.