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Nirvana singer recovering

Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the Seattle-based rock group Nirvana, went into a coma Friday following an overdose of powerful sedatives washed down with alcohol, but appeared to be recovering. Cobain was not fully out of the coma late Friday, but showed signs of increased consciousness, a spokeswoman for the singer said. "He's very responsive and it looks good," said Janet Billig, a spokeswoman for his New York-based management company, Gold Mountain Entertainment. Cobain, 27, his wife Courtney Love, and their daughter were staying in a luxury hotel suite across the street from the U.S. Embassy. Cobain went to Rome trying to recover from his health problems, which forced the band to cancel two recent concert dates in Europe, the statement said. Nirvana, a three-man band, has enjoyed huge success over the past few years with albums such as Nevermind _ which sold more than 10-million copies worldwide _ and In Utero.

Streisand makes life

easy with art sale

Barbra Streisand is $6-million richer for trying to simplify her life. Some 178 art deco and art nouveau collectibles she put up for auction at Christie's on Thursday sold for $5,774,448, well over the pre-sale estimate of $3.2-million, the auction house said. The item that brought the highest price was a 1932 art deco painting of Adam and Eve by the French artist Tamara de Lempicka, which sold for just under $2-million, a record for the artist.

Grammy Awards

sink to new low

The 36th annual Grammy Awards on CBS pulled a 16.1 rating/24 share of the viewing audience, making it the second-lowest rated edition of the music awards ever and the lowest share in the show's history. A rating point represents 942,000 households, while a share is a show's percentage of TV sets in use during a time period. Meanwhile, the much ballyhooed "kiss" episode of Roseanne (21.0/30) did only slightly better than the sitcom's average this season, though it did take a bite out of the Grammy Awards at 9 p.m., according to A.C. Nielsen Co. numbers released Wednesday.

Grace Slick's

complaint denied

Former Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick and her husband have filed a complaint against Marin County (Calif.) for trauma suffered in a fire that destroyed her home and music memorabilia last year. County workers sparked a grass fire near the couple's home in September 1993 when they welded a neighboring gate. The fire spread to Slick's home and she "suffered great shock, pain and suffering and severe emotional distress" and intensified medical conditions, according to the complaint.

Arnold's last bomb

Last Action Hero turns out to be one of the biggest loss-actions ever. Unofficial reports say muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office bomb lost as much as $124-million before being pulled from theaters last fall. By contrast, the infamous 1980 Heaven's Gate lost only $44-million.

Opera on the air

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Stiffelio by Verdi is broadcast at 1:30 this afternoon on WUSF-FM 89.7. Placido Domingo is Protestant preacher Stiffelio, with Sharon Sweet as his adulterous wife Lina. . . . Robert Summer conducts the University of South Florida Orchestra and Chorus in Orff's Carmina Burana at 8 p.m. Monday in the Special Events Center on the Tampa campus. Tickets are $2 and $3. Call 974-2323.