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Anna Nicole Smith playing paternity games? Britney's baby changing name and sex? Plus: Madonna's taking her case to Oprah!

Published October 24, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Anna knew paternity? TMZ says that Anna Nicole Smith claimed during her pregnancy that ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead was the father of her baby -- but not before trying to convince another man that the child was his. Sources tell the Web site that Smith called Gaither Ben Thompson -- a real estate developer in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with whom she'd had a fling -- in May to tell him she was pregnant, but when Thompson let her know he'd had a vasectomy before they met, Smith allegedly changed her story, saying that Birkhead was the real father. And People reports that Thompson, who owns the house in the Bahamas where Smith has been staying with Howard K. Stern -- the man she now says is the baby daddy -- has now ordered her to leave by Oct. 31. (TMZ, People)

Britney's son/daughter: Rumors that Britney Spears' son's name may be Jayden, not Sutton, were compounded by a cagey radio interview Kevin Federline gave on Monday afternoon. After a DJ asked him, "Isn't that strange ... when you have a child and people tell you the sex is a different one?" Federline replied: "Yeah it's crazy. Well, it's even crazier when people are telling me my child's name." Now a source tells the Scoop that the son might indeed be a daughter -- Spears was reportedly photographed buying pink baby clothes in Malibu, Calif., but a bodyguard confiscated the film. Another source tells the Scoop it's all part of a publicity ploy: "I'm hearing that they'll release pics closer to the release date of Kevin's new CD [Oct. 31]." (The Scoop)

More on Madonna: On Tuesday, Malawi government officials disputed the claims made by Yohane Banda, the father of Madonna's newly adopted son, who said over the weekend he didn't understand that the adoption was permanent. "We explained every detail and Madonna herself explained her intentions in the face of the judge and in Banda's presence," said Penson Kilembe, Malawi's director of child welfare. "He was asked several times in court if he understood what was going on and he said he did." And Madonna's rep, Liz Rosenberg, told Rush & Molloy, "I can say with absolute certainty that Yohane was fully aware that Madonna and Guy were adopting David." Also, on Monday, Madonna announced she'd go on "Oprah" this week to discuss the adoption -- the show is being taped today and will air on Wednesday. (Us Online, Rush & Molloy, This Is London)

Snoop Dogg was caught with an illegal 21-inch collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage at the Orange County, Calif., airport -- authorities haven't yet decided whether to press weapons charges. (Yahoo News) ... Reps for Kate Moss are denying reports that the model is pregnant with Pete Doherty's child. (Rush & Molloy, last item) ... Keith Urban, who checked into rehab on Friday, has pulled out of next month's Country Music Awards. (Associated Press) ... Found on eBay: A Segway scooter said to have been ridden by G.O.B. (Will Arnett) in the series "Arrested Development." Current bid: $3,951. (eBay) ... YouTube has erased nearly 30,000 Japanese videos from its site after a group of Japanese media companies claimed copyright infringement. (Reuters)

Money Quote:
Courtney Love says she's ready to start anew: "I feel ready for a brand new life now. I've scrubbed clean the mud and rags of 2000-01-02-03-04 & 05." (People)

Turn On:
On Tuesday, the Independent Lens documentary series presents "The World According to Sesame Street" (PBS, check local listings), hosted by Terrence Howard, there's a new episode of "Veronica Mars" (9 p.m. EDT), and Fox broadcasts "World Series Game 3" (8 p.m. EDT).

On the Talk Shows:
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Tina Fey, the Killers
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Chris Young (repeat)
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Josh Hartnett, Paget Brewster, the Editors (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Alan Arkin, Mr. T, Paul Haggis
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Robin Williams, Rod Stewart (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): James Baker (repeat)
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Randy Newman (repeat)

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By Scott Lamb

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