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Christian artist Amy Grant to separate from husband

Contemporary Christian music artists Amy Grant and Gary Chapman have announced they are ending their 16-year marriage. "Gary Chapman and Amy Grant regretfully announce their separation after 16 years of marriage," said a brief statement released Wednesday. "They both ask for your prayers during this sad time and hope that you would respect their privacy." Jennifer Cooke, one of Grant's managers, said Grant has just completed a 21-city Christmas tour with Christian artists Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Symphony. Chapman, who records with Reunion Records, a Christian music label based in Nashville, Tenn., is the host of Prime Time Country, a program on the Nashville Network.

When exercise guru orders

junk food, he uses alias

When you're Richard Simmons, satisfying your junk food craving can require going undercover. "It's terrible because where can Richard Simmons go to get pizza?" the fitness guru said in Monday's USA Today. "There's a Domino's about four blocks from my house, so I lower my voice and say, "Hi, this is Mr. Reveles, and I'd like to get a pizza.' " Television fitness expert Denise Austin and aerobics video star Donna Richardson also came clean about their junk food habits. The two admitted they crave Krispy Kreme doughnuts. "They just melt in your mouth," Austin said.

Author starts Web site

to battle misinformation

If you think you've been getting accurate information about your favorite horror writer on Web sites named the Stephen King House O'Love or the Hungarian Stephen King Headquarters, think again. Fed up with misinformation spread about him online _ including that he's retiring and that he gives tours of his house on Halloween _ author Stephen King has set up an official site (www.stephenking.com). The site debuted in mid-December. King's site has a lot of competition. Online pages about him already have pictures, music, games, puzzles, drawings and writings.

_ Staff and wire reports

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