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Actor works to save trees

Baywatch lifeguard Alexandra Paul has been on forest watch. Paul, 32, joined environmental activists in their two-week-old blockade in Cave Junction, Ore., to keep loggers from reaching a stand of old-growth trees. Environmentalists say logging will harm salmon and steelhead spawning beds. Paul has been arrested several times, once for protesting at a nuclear site in Nevada. She also campaigns about recycling and electric cars.

Jackson to tour South Africa

American pop star Michael Jackson loves South Africa, so much that he wants to buy a house there and will include the country in a world tour starting in September.

Jackson said he will play concerts in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in mid-January next year as part of his HIStory world tour. The pop star arrived in South Africa on Thursday to help president Nelson Mandela celebrate his 78th birthday at a private party.

Disney, circus join forces

The Cirque du Soleil, the internationally-acclaimed Montreal-based circus, has signed a 12-year deal with Walt Disney World to perform at the Florida resort in Orlando. The production is to open in November 1998.

Lawmakers seek "family hour'

U.S. Senate and House lawmakers joined Thursday in urging TV networks to voluntarily restore "family hour" programs during prime time each evening. Lawmakers in both houses are introducing parallel resolutions asking the major networks to set aside the hour of 8 to 9 p.m. CBS says it will bring back the family hour this fall.

Rodman leaps onto big screen

Dennis Rodman is set to star opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Colony, a big-budget action-thriller. The basketball celebrity will play a man who helps former CIA agent Van Damme escape from prison. The movie will mark Rodman's first starring role.

"Trainspotting' trimmed for U.S.

Miramax Films acknowledged Thursday that in order to win an R rating it had to edit two scenes in the British film Trainspotting, a story about youthful heroin addicts.

Miramax is prohibited by its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., from distributing movies with an adults-only NC-17 rating, which the picture would have received from the Motion Picture Association of America. The cuts were made to a sex scene and to a vivid image of a heroin addict shooting up.

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