'Apprentice' going back to average Joes
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NEW YORK — Donald Trump isn't firing "The Celebrity Apprentice," but he's bringing back the regular edition of the show with 14 ordinary job-hunters plagued by the economic crisis.
NBC and Trump said yesterday they want to put America back to work with the show, expected to air this fall. It will recruit candidates who have lost their jobs, are stuck with jobs they don't like just to get by or have finished college with no offers in sight.
The original civilian version of "The Apprentice" premiered in 2004, then two years ago was replaced by the "Celebrity Apprentice" format.
PURLOINED GUITAR RETURNED TO SINGER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Justin Moore knows his fans can get rowdy — maybe sometimes to a fault.
The singer says a drunken fan stole one of his guitars at a Michigan concert, but eventually returned Moore's favorite Gibson, worth about $4,000, after the fan realized it was a drunken mistake.
Moore alerted fans on Twitter, and a DJ posted the news about the stolen guitar on Detroit's WYCD Web site. Moore's tour manager also contacted the Royal Oak, Mich., police department, but charges were never filed.
On Sunday, the anonymous crook had a friend deliver the guitar to the radio station. Moore said that if he were to meet the culprit at a future show, he wouldn't hold a grudge.
MOTHER SAYS HAIM WAS SUFFERING FEVER
LOS ANGELES — Corey Haim had a fever the morning before he died of an apparent drug overdose, his mother told a Los Angeles 911 operator.
Authorities released the 911 tape related to the death last week of the 1980s teen star. During the 10-minute call, Judy Haim answered a series of medical questions before paramedics arrived.
The coroner's office has not listed a cause of death, but the police department has said the death appears to be some type of overdose.
State Attorney General Jerry Brown announced yesterday that his office is investigating a possible connection between a Southern California illegal prescription drug ring and Haim's death.
BANDERAS WILL FIGHT POVERTY FOR U.N.
UNITED NATIONS — Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has been named a U.N. goodwill ambassador in the fight against poverty, the United Nations Development Program announced yesterday.
In his new role as an advocate for the poor, Banderas will set his sights on the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight globally agreed-on targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015.
"Poverty robs us of our potential as a people, preventing us from being all that we can be," Banderas said in a statement. "This is why it is so important to mobilize all of our efforts to defeat it, especially if today we have the knowledge, the tools and the resources to do it."
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