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"Suge" Knight Released From Vegas Slammer

Marion "Suge" Knight has been released from a Las Vegas jail.

The founder of bankrupt Death Row Records posted $19,000 bail Wednesday and promised to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on Sept. 26 on felony assault and drug charges.

Police arrested the hip hop mogul on Wednesday morning after officers say they saw him beat his girlfriend while brandishing a knife in a parking lot near the Las Vegas Strip.

The woman was not stabbed but she was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police say Knight had the drugs Ecstasy and hydrocodone when he was arrested.

A Clark County Detention Center clerk says records do not indicate when Knight was released.

Rapper DMX Pleads Guilty In Florida Drug Case

Rapper DMX, in a plea bargain with prosecutors over a Miami drug case, was sentenced Wednesday to time already served and now awaits extradition to face other charges in Arizona.

The 37-year-old rapper and actor pleaded guilty to attempted marijuana and cocaine possession and was sentenced to time served. His lawyer Bradford Cohen says DMX is still in custody, waiting for Arizona authorities to pick him up on drug and animal cruelty charges there.

Cohen says DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, decided to plead guilty when he was denied bail earlier this week due to the outstanding Arizona warrant.

Cohen says if he hadn't pleaded guilty, Simmons would have had to sit in jail in Miami until an October trial date.

Kenny Rogers May Hang Up His Hat In Music Biz

After 50 years in the music business, Kenny Rogers is thinking about hanging up his microphone for good.

He says his next album may be his last. He cites family obligations, specifically his identical 4-year-old twin boys. Rogers says, "They say having kids at my age either makes you or breaks you and I'm leaning heavily toward break right now."

Rogers came out with a career retrospective CD this week called, "Kenny Rogers: 50 Years." It's being sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel restaurants. While the 12-track CD includes hits such as "Lucille" and "The Gambler," it also features three new songs.

Castaways Announced For "Survivor: Gabon"

A pin-up model, a former Olympic gold medalist and a guy who plays video games for a living are among the 18 castaways who'll try to win the million dollars on "Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden."

Another contestant is a wedding videographer who says he's never met a person who didn't disappoint him. There's also a maintenance man who used to be homeless.

The oldest contestant is a 61-year-old grandmother. The youngest is a 22-year-old woman who works in retail sales.

The 17th season of "Survivor" premieres September 25 on CBS.

Winfrey Passes First Lady On Forbes "Most Powerful Women" List

The way Forbes magazine figures it, Oprah Winfrey is more powerful than Laura Bush.

Winfrey ranks 36th on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, eight places ahead of Bush.

TV newswomen are all bunched together from number 61 to 65. Meredith Vieira is followed by Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. All are considered more powerful than the presidents of four countries and only slightly less powerful than the Queen of England.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton slipped three places from last year to number 28.

First lady Laura Bush ranks 44th, up 16 places from last year.

Topping the list for the third straight year is the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

Kid Rock Gives Detroit Some Love

Kid Rock is showing his affection for Detroit with a new video for a song on his new platinum-selling CD "Rock 'N Roll Jesus."

The boisterous Detroit-area rocker and bandmates on Wednesday visited the Motown Historical Museum to shoot footage of them performing the song "Roll On."

The museum is the former home of Motown Records.

This week a film crew also shot footage of Kid Rock driving around the city in a 1960s Lincoln Continental and visiting landmarks such as Tiger Stadium, the former home of the Detroit Tigers that is being demolished.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert J. Ritchie, says he "really wanted to capture the heart and soul of Detroit."

The video is expected to be released this fall.

Man "Crashes" The Party At Playboy Mansion

One man appears determined to crash the party at the Playboy Mansion.

Los Angeles police say a Ventura County man rammed his vehicle into the gates at Hugh Hefner's legendary home twice in the past week.

Detectives believe both incidents involve an "ongoing dispute," Lt. John Romero told the Los Angeles Times, without offering details.

Jason Lee, a police spokesman, said no one was injured in either incident.

The unnamed suspect was arrested and released after the first crash last Thursday night, Lee said. He slammed his car into the gates again Tuesday, but fled before police arrived. The gates sustained some damage.

Police did not know if Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, or his three girlfriends were at home at the time.

Officials at Playboy's corporate offices in Los Angeles and Chicago could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Actors, Advertisers Extend Commercials Contract

Two actors unions and the U.S. advertising industry said Wednesday they agreed to extend a contract covering commercials on TV, radio, the Internet and other new media by six months through March.

The extension gives the Screen Actors Guild extra time to finish stalled talks with Hollywood studios over a contract covering prime time TV shows and movies that expired in June. Actors continue to work under the terms of the old deal.

Both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists held a six-month commercials strike in 2000 that drove work overseas.

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