PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Mich. couple convicted in John Stamos extortion case

Mich. couple convicted in John Stamos extortion case

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- A Michigan couple were convicted Thursday of trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos by threatening to sell old photos of him with strippers and cocaine to the tabloids unless he paid up.

Allison Coss, 24, and Scott Sippola, 31, were found guilty of conspiracy and using e-mail to threaten a person's reputation -- charges that could land them in prison for up to five years.

FBI agents arrested the two in a sting in December at an Upper Peninsula airport after Stamos' lawyer complained that the actor was the target of an extortion attempt.

Country songwriter Hank Cochran dead at 74

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including ''Make the World Go Away'' for Eddy Arnold, died Thursday. He was 74.

Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died at his home in Hendersonville north of Nashville. He had been in declining health in recent years and suffered an aortic aneurysm in March. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago.

He co-wrote the following No. 1 hits: Patsy Cline's ''I Fall to Pieces''; George Strait's ''Ocean Front Property''; and ''Set 'em Up Joe'' by Vern Gosdin.

He also wrote the No. 1 hits: ''Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me'' by Ronnie Milsap; ''He's Got You'' by Cline and Loretta Lynn; ''I Want to Go With You'' by Arnold; and ''That's All That Matters to Me'' by Mickey Gilley.

Roy Rogers' dog Bullet fetches $35K at NY auction

NEW YORK -- Roy Rogers' stuffed and mounted dog, Bullet, fetched $35,000 on the second day of an auction of the movie cowboy's belongings in New York City.

An executive of Nebraska cable TV network RFD-TV says the company bought Bullet to accompany Roger's horse Trigger, which the company snagged Wednesday for more than $266,000. RFD-TV chief financial officer Steve Campione says the network hopes to start a museum one day.