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Princess Stephanie weds

Princess Stephanie of Monaco married her former bodyguard and father of her two children Saturday in a simple civil ceremony amid tight security. Stephanie, 30, the youngest daughter of Prince Rainier and the late Princess Grace, and Daniel Ducruet, 31, were wed at Monaco's Town Hall in a late afternoon ceremony attended by about 40 people. The princess and her groom entered Town Hall through an underground entrance, disappointing a crowd of tourists and well-wishers outside. After the ceremony, the bells of Monaco's cathedral pealed across the tiny principality on France's Mediterranean coast. The wedding ended a four-year battle between Stephanie and her father over whether she would marry Ducruet, a former pet shop salesman and fishmonger known to have a hot temper.

"Apollo 13' rockets to the top

Apollo 13 opened in the No. 1 spot at North American theaters over the Independence Day weekend with $26-million in ticket sales, according to industry estimates Sunday. The film, about the ill-fated 1970 space mission, surpassed Pocahontas, which took in $16.7-million for second place, and Batman Forever, which followed with $15.7-million.

Estee Lauder backs Hurley

Actor Hugh Grant and his longtime girlfriend, model Liz Hurley, stayed far apart Sunday after a newspaper ran a Hollywood hooker's version of a brief encounter with one of Britain's hottest film stars. The future of Hurley's nine-year relationship with Grant was left in doubt by their separation _ both of them were holed up in English country retreats _ but her job as the new face of U.S. cosmetics firm Estee Lauder looked secure. "Hurley's contract with Estee Lauder remains unchanged. We stand by any decision Elizabeth makes in her personal life and have not offered her any advice," the firm's president, Leonard Lauder, said. Questions had been raised about whether her rich contract might be ruined by the scandal of her boyfriend, star of the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

In other news

Martha Stewart taking advantage of the help? Horrors! Her ex-gardener filed suit Friday for more than $56,000 in overtime he says she owes him for the four years he worked for her. Renaldo Abreu says he did more than trench the asparagus and trim the shrubs for the homemaking and entertaining guru; he also handled security, did repairs, looked after the pets and washed the car. For all that, he got $15 an hour, later $16, but never "appropriate compensation" when he worked more than 40 hours a week, he says.

Lionel Hampton, the 87-year-old jazz great, was released from the hospital Saturday. He had gone in Tuesday after a stroke, his second this year. "He's back at home and feeling fine," publicist Philip Leshin said. "If it were up to him, he would go back to work tonight. The problem is not the playing _ it's the travel," Leshin said, adding that Hampton hopes to perform closer to home, at a big-band concert on Long Island, on Labor Day.

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