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Singer Sheryl 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.

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."

"Housewives' spawns Spanish, Portuguese offspring

What's the best way to raise America's international profile? It's simple, dude: export desperation ... of the Housewives sort.

In an ambitious cultural project, Disney plans to produce four local Latin American editions of ABC's mega-popular, Golden Globe-winning, sexy-smart-and-soapy dramedy Desperate Housewives, each with its own cast. Three Spanish-language versions will be shown in Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, while a Portuguese one will air in Brazil.

Fernando Barbosa, senior vice president of Buena Vista International Television Latin America, says each version will follow the basic format of the American original but will resonate with the locale's specific culture.

All four versions will be produced in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentine version, which starts shooting April 15, is first on the assembly line and could air as early as June.

Internationally, Harry Potter is in "Titanic' company

Young Harry Potter's wizardly hegemony over the brain cells of every man, woman and child around the globe has reached another peak. The latest Potter flick, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has made $600-million in international ticket sales, becoming the fifth-biggest global movie of all time. (Yep, going back to the big bang.)

Two other Potter movies are in the top five: The Sorcerer's Stone is No. 3 ($657-million), and The Chamber of Secrets is No. 4 ($616-million), while The Prisoner of Azkaban is No. 9 with $545-million.

The list is topped by Titanic, which has earned $1.2-billion, followed by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($752-million).

Korn Row may be just an access road, but they'll take it

A small stretch of road near the city's Rabobank Arena was renamed to honor hometown Grammy-winning rock group, Korn.

An access road to the arena - not an official city street - features a road sign with the name "Korn Row." The "R" in Korn is flipped backward, mimicking the group's logo. Arena workers put up the sign Tuesday.

The group was scheduled to kick off its "See You on the Other Side" world tour in Bakersfield on Friday.

Korn's song Twisted Transistor is a top 10 track on Billboard's mainstream rock listing this week.

Times wires

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