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By United Press International   |   May 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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HALEY REINHART: Haley Reinhart was eliminated from "American Idol" Thursday night, paving the way for Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery to battle it out in next week's finals.

People.com reported Alaina, 16, and McCreery, 17, are the two youngest finalists in the show's 10-season history.

Host Ryan Seacrest said 95 million people voted after Wednesday night's edition of the show.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not resume his acting career as planned because he is dealing with personal issues, his management said.

Schwarzenegger finished his second term as governor this year and announced he was looking to return to the big screen where he enjoyed starring in blockbusters such as "Terminator" and "True Lies."

However, he has since separated from Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years, after admitting he fathered a son with a household staffer more than a decade ago.

Schwarzenegger's infidelity made headlines this week and he has since confirmed the story.

E! News said his representatives at Creative Artists Agency announced Thursday Schwarzenegger is now focusing on his family rather than his film career.

"Gov. Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines," CAA said in a statement. "This includes 'Cry Macho,' 'The Terminator 'franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Gov. Schwarzenegger decides."


CHESLEY SULLENBERGER: Hero pilot and author Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III has been named CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, the U.S. network announced.

Sullenberger will provide analysis of aviation safety and contribute to CBS News broadcasts and platforms across the news division, it was announced Thursday by Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and "60 Minutes" executive producer, and David Rhodes, president of CBS News.

Texas native Sullenberger, who has logged nearly 20,000 hours of service in the skies, became an international hero Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City's frigid Hudson River after the plane's two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger's quick thinking and decisive action enabled him to execute an emergency water landing that saved the lives of all 155 people aboard, CBS said.

"Sully is an American treasure and it is a real thrill to have him on our team at CBS News," Fager said in a statement. "I am a huge fan of Sully's. He is a remarkable person who has a great ability to turn his significant experience into useful insights. He will help our viewers better understand the stories involving safety and air travel that seem to pop up all of the time."

"Sully is a genuine hero -- everyone at CBS News is excited to have him as a colleague," Rhodes said. "He wants to share his insights not only on aviation but on a whole range of safety and leadership issues that confront us each day."

"I am very pleased to join the remarkable team at CBS News," said Sullenberger, "and I am eager to contribute to an organization I have long respected for its award-winning reputation of superior reporting."

Sullenberger is the author of the book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters."


TRACK PALIN: Sarah Palin's 22-year-old son, Track, has married his high-school sweetheart Britta Hanson in Hatcher Pass, Alaska, their families told People.com.

Sarah Palin is a former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee. Track Palin is an Army reservist who plans to start college in the fall and Hanson, 21, is a nursing student.

"Our families couldn't be happier," Track's parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, and Britta's parents, the Rev. Duane and Elizabeth Hanson, said in a joint statement issued to People.com Thursday. "These are two hard-working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We're tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed."

The newlyweds intend to have a larger wedding celebration this winter at Alaska's Alyeska Ski Resort, their families said.

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