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Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter will inherit her late mother’s estate. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday made 18-month-old Dannielynn Hope the sole heir and set up a trust in the girl’s name. Her father, Larry Birkhead, and Smith’s executor, Harry K. Stern, will be co-trustees. Dannielynn could inherit millions of dollars if the estate wins a court fight over a will by Smith’s wealthy second husband, J. Howard Marshall, that left much of his fortune to the model. His relatives have been fighting the will for years.
Pearlman takes deal
Lou Pearlman, creator of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync has agreed to plead guilty to charges he laundered money and made false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. Federal prosecutors accuse Pearlman of lying to investors to raise millions of dollars for fake companies. They say the total loss to investors is estimated at more than $300 million. Federal prosecutors plan to seek a significant prison sentence for Pearlman.
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Identical triplets born
Tom and Allison Penn, of Manhasset, N.Y., wanted a baby more than anything. Now they have three, all alike. The identical triplets, Logan, Eli and Collin Penn, were born last Wednesday. Estimates on the odds of identical triplets being born range from 1 in every 60,000 births to 1 in 200 million births, said Dr. Victor Klein, who delivered the three boys. The triplets were carried to 35 weeks and weighed from 4 pounds to 4 pounds, 12 ounces at birth.
“The Scream” to return
The Munch Museum in Oslo will show the paintings “The Scream” and “Madonna” during its summer exhibit this year, four years after Norway’s most famous artworks were stolen at gunpoint. The restored Edvard Munch paintings, which were stolen from the museum in 2004, will be on display May 23 to Sept. 26, the museum said on its Web site. The damaged paintings were recovered on Aug. 31, 2006, after a two-year police investigation.
Today in History
1770: The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who had been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
1953: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power.
1982: Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.
Actor James B. Sikking, 74. Violinist Eugene Fodor, 58. Magician Penn Jillette, 53. Model Niki Taylor, 33. Actor Jake Lloyd, 19.
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