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New Kids sue producer: A lawyer for the teen pop group New Kids on the Block filed a slander lawsuit Monday against a former producer who accused the group of lip-syncing. The civil lawsuit in Suffolk (Mass.) Superior Court asks for punitive damages against Gregory McPherson for allegedly slanderous statements.

McPherson claimed that the New Kids did no more than 20 percent of the singing on their records or in concert and that New Kids' creator and manager Maurice Starr and his brother, Michael Johnson, were the real voices. "Everything that man said was untrue and defamatory," said Leonard Lewin, the group's attorney.

Goldwater weds: Barry Goldwater, the conservative former U.S. senator from Arizona, was married Sunday at age 83. The onetime Republican presidential candidate exchanged wedding vows with Susan Shaffer Wechsler, 51. Asked before the wedding if she was nervous, the bride replied, "Just enough. I'm very happy. And so is he."

They were married in a ceremony attended by family and friends at her suburban Scottsdale home.

Goldwater has been a widower since the death of his first wife, Peggy, in December 1986.

Thousands bid on movie star's memorabilia: Gene Tierney's diamond necklace fetched $27,000 as more than 2,300 bidders joined in a three-day auction of the late movie star's personal possessions. Fans and collectors showed up for the sale in Houston, which included 130 items that belonged to the actress best known for her title role in Laura. She died Nov. 7 at age 70.

"I'm a little bit hoarse," auctioneer Jerry Hart said after the auction wound up Sunday. "It's been a long day."

"I really wanted one last tribute to mother," said Tina Cassini, a daughter from Ms. Tierney's marriage to fashion designer Oleg Cassini. "It's like her last appearance, her final curtain call." Ms. Tierney made more than 25 films for 20th Century Fox in the 1940s and 1950s. After her second marriage, to oilman W. Howard Lee in 1960, she moved from Kansas to Houston. He died in 1982.

Hart Galleries spokesman Clive Watson said Ms. Cassini asked the gallery not to release the amount of money raised. The proceeds were distributed to the family.

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