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A girl and a divorce for Britney? D

Salon Staff
May 15, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Divorce rumors and baby news from Britney: After Britney Spears' terse announcement last week that she is indeed pregnant, the question has been whether she knows if it's a boy or a girl. The Awful Truth says it has some inside info that Spears is now expecting a daughter, and that she's planning on calling her Emma, after her paternal grandmother. At the same time, the specter of a divorce with Kevin Federline has again reared its head. A Spears relative tells the Awful Truth: "Yes, a separation and divorce may be imminent, a la Denise and Charlie." (The Awful Truth)

Detente for Richards and Sheen: And speaking of Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, the couple have reached a truce, albeit a temporary one, in their publicly acrimonious custody battle. Sheen's lawyers agreed to an extension of the restraining order against their client on Friday and have arranged for a psychologist to make an assessment about what sort of custody arrangement would be best for the couple's two daughters. (Us)


New Time editor guesses: The Lowdown writes that the successor to Time magazine's departing managing editor, Jim Kelly, should be named later this week or early next week, and there's a flurry of speculation about who it will be. Uber-editor Tina Brown's name is being tossed around, as are New York magazine editor Adam Moss, Slate top dog Jacob Weisberg and Weisberg's predecessor, Michael Kinsley. (Lowdown, New York)

After he was involved in a melee at London's Heathrow Airport last month, Snoop Dogg was banned from flying British Airways for life. Now the British government says he's not allowed in the U.K. ever again, either. (FemaleFirst) ... George Michael was caught on camera asleep at the wheel again in London over the weekend, and News of the World has the photos to prove it. (News of the World) ... "Mission: Impossible 3" managed to hang on to the top position in the weekend box office, taking in an estimated $24.5 million. "Poseidon" came in at No. 2 with a disappointing $20.3 million. (Box Office Mojo) ... Rocker Alice Cooper headed to his namesake town of Alice, N.D. (population: 60), on Sunday and was given a gold-plated key to the city. (BBC News) ... Geri Halliwell, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, is a mother -- she gave birth to a baby girl in London on Sunday night. (Perez Hilton) ... MTV is starting up its own rival to iTunes, an online music-downloading service called URGE, which will launch on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Money Quote:
Oprah Winfrey, during a party to celebrate her new satellite radio show, "Oprah & Friends," on the rumors that she and pal Gayle King are more than just friends: "You know, there are all these rumors about us being gay. We are not gay. If I was gay, I would tell you." (Rush & Molloy)


Turn On:
Season finales on Monday night: "Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m. EDT), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 8:30 p.m. EDT) and "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 9p.m. EDT). Also, President Bush addresses the nation about immigration (NBC, Fox, C-SPAN, 8 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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