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Richie, Madden, marry in Los Angeles

Los Angeles -- Nicole Richie, daughter of music superstar Lionel Richie, has married rocker Joel Madden, the father of her two children, in Los Angeles.

Richie, 29, and Madden, 31, tied the knot Saturday at her father's estate with about 130 close family and friends, People magazine reported.

"They wanted an Old Hollywood, glamorous feel to their wedding," a source told People. "They're going all-out with the decor. Nicole wanted a memorable, elegant affair for only their closest friends and family on their special day."

Seen entering the grounds was a trained elephant, although it wasn't known what, if any, role it played in the ceremony.

Bernard Madoff's elder son dies in suicide

Mark Madoff, eldest son of Bernard Madoff who at present is serving prison term for running a Ponzi scheme, has committed suicide.

Boxing's Barkley loses champ's belt, home

New York -- A former boxer's championship belt was stolen from his niece's New York apartment shortly before he was thrown out by the family, investigators say.

The belt belonging to former WBC middleweight champion Iran "The Blade" Barkley was stolen Oct. 28 from the apartment in the Patterson Houses project in the Bronx, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Two weeks after the theft, Barkley's niece changed the locks on the apartment in the Patterson Houses on Third Avenue and 142nd Street and Barkley, who had been unable to contribute to family expenses, found himself homeless, the newspaper said.

Barkley won the belt in 1988 after beating Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns in a three-round upset.

Thieves steal 100 trees at Canadian farm

Toronto -- The Christmas spirit was nowhere in evidence while thieves cut down and removed 100 trees from a Canadian farm.

Doug Drysdale's tree farm outside Toronto has a "cut-your-own" honor system, but when he checked in last week he found about 100 trees gone.
"They didn't just wander in and take one or two," he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "Obviously they had a truck and maybe a trailer or something like that to put them in."

The family has run the farm for more than 60 years. Drysdale planted many of the trees that were stolen.

"When you drive up and see the product that you've worked hard to grow is missing, it is very disappointing and disheartening," he said.

Cubs' Ron Santo dies at 70 in Arizona

Chicago -- Former Chicago Cubs infielder and longtime broadcaster Ron Santo died in Arizona of complications from bladder cancer at age 70, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Friends of the family said Santo lapsed into a coma Wednesday and died Thursday, the Tribune said.

Santo, a third baseman who was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager, fought through debilitating injuries and, while working as an analyst for WGN-AM, the team's flagship radio station, had both of his legs amputated.

The popular broadcaster expected to return for the 2011 season.
"What else am I going to do?" Santo, a diabetic, said during this past season. "Doing the Cubs games is like therapy for me."

Developer of the neutron bomb dies

Los Angeles -- The U.S. physicist who promoted the controversial concept of the neutron bomb, designed to kill troops but leave battlefields intact, has died, his family says.

Samuel T. Cohen died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, The New York Times reported.

He died from complications of stomach cancer, his son Paul said.

In contrast to strategic warheads, which can kill millions and level cities, neutron bombs use subatomic particles to kill enemy troops with radiation but leave battlefields and cities relatively undamaged.

While critics questioned the usefulness, logic and ethics of killing people and sparing property, Cohen called his bomb a "sane" and "moral" weapon.

Robber wants out in time to start a family

NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty Monday to eight armed robbery charges told the judge he wants to get out of jail in time to start a family.

Dimitri Long, 34, of Norwood, sent a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock before pleading guilty Monday saying he would "like to go home to my mom while she's still alive and still have the chance to start a family with my girlfriend," the Boston Herald reported.

"I do not want to take this case to trial, nor cause any problems or prolong this case for you and the district attorney. I am sorry for any problems I'm causing," wrote Long, who was dubbed the "U30 Bandit" for his ability to rob financial institutions in less than 30 seconds.

Boy with deformed face robbed of donation, support still pours in

The efforts have certainly not gone waste for the Sullivan family! Though they have been robbed of money they had collected for their 9-year-old son, Aidan Sullivan's surgery, support is still pouring in for them.

Brett Sutter apologizes for assault arrest

Calgary, Alberta -- Calgary Flames center Brett Sutter, arrested in Arizona last week for allegedly punching a man as they left a bar, apologized Monday .

"I want to apologize to my family, my friends, our fans and the entire Flames family for what took place this past Wednesday night," Sutter, 23, said in a statement issued by the team. "My background is one of hard work and respect so this incident is totally out of character for me.

Ted Kheel, New York City peacemaker, dies

New York -- New York City's premier labor negotiator Theodore W. Kheel has died at age 96, a family spokesman confirmed.

Kheel was not only a negotiator, but also an arbitrator who decided more than 30,000 labor disputes, The New York Times reported Monday. The cause of death was not reported.

He mediated newspaper, teacher, subway and garbage worker strikes and was the mayoral liaison to labor groups in the decades following World War II.

A successful peacemaker for the city in an era when unions were stronger than they are today, Kheel was called upon by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to help avert a national railway strike.