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Sherly Crow has surgery for breast cancer

Sheryl Crow says she is recovering from breast cancer surgery and doctors have assured her she should recover.

Crow had the surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is recovering without complications, her publicist, Dave Tomberlin, said.

"Her doctors think her prognosis is excellent," Tomberlin said.

In a statement posted on her Web site, Crow, 44, called the surgery "minimally invasive" and said she will have radiation treatment as a precaution. She said she benefited from early detection and urged other women to have themselves checked.

Crow's former fiance, cycling champion Lance Armstrong, said in a statement that he was "devastated" by her illness.

"Once again I'm reminded of just how pervasive this illness is, as it has now touched someone I love deeply," said Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer.

Crow and Armstrong, 34, announced this month they had split up.

Darren McGavin of "A Christmas Story' dies

Darren McGavin, the husky, tough-talking actor who starred in the TV series Mike Hammer, played a grouchy dad in the holiday classic A Christmas Story and had other strong roles in such films as The Man with the Golden Arm and The Natural, has died. He was 83. Mr. McGavin died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital with his family at his side, said his son Bogart McGavin. He starred in five series, including Kolchak: The Night Stalker, was a prolific actor in TV movies, and won an Emmy in 1990 for an appearance as Candice Bergen's opinionated father on Murphy Brown. Mr. McGavin may be best recognized as the father of a boy yearning for the gift of a BB gun in 1983's A Christmas Story.

Sex Pistols snub Rock Hall induction ceremony

For years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame didn't deem the Sex Pistols worthy of inclusion into its ranks. Now that the revolutionary punk band has been voted in, it's decided that the hall isn't worthy of its presence.

In a crude letter posted on the Web site of group member John Lyndon and labeled as being from the Sex Pistols, it was made clear that the group would not be attending.

Comparing the hall to "urine in wine," the handwritten letter said: "Were not coming. Were not your monkeys and so what?

"Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a nonprofit organisation selling us a load of old famous," the letter said, apparently referring to the cost of attending the dinner. A hall representative said that each inductee gets two free tickets and other tickets are $2,500.

The group was picked last year to join the hall along with Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blondie. The induction ceremony is March 13 in New York City.

When informed of the group's statement, Susan Evans, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said: "They are being the outrageous punksters they are, and that's rock and roll."