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CNN set to take over the world

Recession or not, CNN keeps expanding. Network president Tom Johnson announced plans to open four more foreign bureaus this year, to go with four started in 1991. But owner Ted Turner denies rumors he's planning to take over NBC News. "Nah," he replied when asked about the report.

Bono a non-voter until recently

Actor-singer-Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono, 56, who is running for the Senate from California, confirms he never registered to vote until four years ago. That's when he first ran for office in the desert spa.

Cher ready to

write a book

Cher has started work on a still-untitled book to be published by Simon & Schuster covering everything from sex and movies to children and exercise. The actress-singer also bought a Palm Desert, Calif., getaway home for her mother, Georgia Holt. Price for the three-year-old, three-bedroom and guesthouse was about $390,000.

Rap music gets

good endorsement

Lawyer Berry Melton, former member of the 1960s rock group Country Joe and the Fish, has good words for rap fans. "Rap music is the truest and most pure form of protest of our era," he says, predicting rap will eventually be accepted as widely as rock.

Milli Vanilli singer speaks out

Robert Pilatus, half of the Milli Vanilli duo discovered to be lip-synching when the world thought they were singing, talked about his Nov. 30 suicide attempt. "I'm very embarrassed about it now," he told a reporter. "Right away, I heard people joking about it like it was a publicity stunt or something. But it wasn't. I was truly at the end of my rope. It was like everything caved in on me all at once: the shame, the anger, the guilt .

.

. I just felt like there was no way out."

Bob Geldof loses his patience

Rocker Bob Geldof, promoter of Live Aid concerts to fight African famine, was released without charges after being arrested. Geldof and other passengers rebelled after waiting five hours to disembark from a plane waiting at Stansted Airport outside London.

Jimmy Dean sued by his lawyer

Country singer and sausage mogul Jimmy Dean is being sued for $1-million in legal fees by his divorce lawyer. Norman Sheresky claimed Dean owes him the money for handling Dean's 1990 split with Mary Sue Dean, his wife of 41 years. Sheresky complained Dean refuses to answer his phone calls and gave him only a $50,000 retainer. The rest of the money due him, he says, is for six months' work at $400 per hour.

Steve Guttenberg files for divorce

Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner, Three Men and a Baby) filed for divorce from his wife of three years, model Denise Bixler. Guttenberg and Bixler separated last June.

THOMAS D. ELIAS,

Scripps Howard News Service

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