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March 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Rhoda' actress Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. television icon Valerie Harper told People magazine she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and likely has no more than three months to live.

Harper, 73, is best known for her portrayal of

Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off, "Rhoda." She also headlined the sitcom "Valerie."

The actress told People magazine doctors gave her the dire diagnosis Jan. 15, but she is trying to maintain a positive attitude.

"I don't think of dying," she said. "I think of being here now."


Police: Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, 2 others, confessed to Bolshoi acid attack

MOSCOW, March 6 (UPI) -- Bolshoi Theater dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men admitted to their roles in the acid attack on the theater's artistic director, Moscow police say.

Dmitrichenko, the company's lead solo dancer, signed a statement confessing he was the mastermind behind the assault on Sergei Filin, RIA Novosti said.

Filin suffered burns to his face and eyes when a masked man threw sulfuric acid at him outside his apartment Jan. 17.

Filin has undergone several surgical procedures to save his eyesight and is receiving follow-up treatment at a clinic in Germany.

RIA Novosti said Yury Zarutsky admitted he carried out the actual attack at Dmitrichenko's behest while Andrei Lipatov said he drove Zarutsky to the crime scene.

"The motive for the crime lies in [Filin's] hostile relations with Dmitrichenko connected to his work," a police spokesman told the Russian news agency Wednesday.

No other details were immediately available.


Duchess Kate hints she's expecting a girl

GRIMSBY, England, March 6 (UPI) -- The former Kate Middleton, visiting an English fishing port Tuesday, dropped an inadvertent hint she and Prince William are expecting a girl.

Witnesses in Grimsby said the slip came when a woman gave the duchess of Cambridge a teddy bear, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"I distinctly heard her say, 'Thank you, I'll take that for my d ... ' then she stopped herself," said Sandra Cook, who told the Telegraph she was standing next to Diane Burton, the teddy bear giver. "I said to her, 'You were going to say daughter weren't you?' and she said, 'No, we don't know.'"

The duchess visited the National Fishing Heritage Center in Grimsby on the east coast and a cancer hospice during her visit.

The baby is due in July. Under the new rules of royal succession, Prince William's first-born child will be his heir, whatever its gender.

The duchess has had few public engagements since her pregnancy became public late last year. She was hospitalized for several days with an extreme form of morning sickness.

Linda McDougall, wife of Austin Mitchell, Grimsby's Labor member of Parliament, said she ran into the duchess a few days ago in a Top Shop, a chain clothing store.

"No one else in the shop realized it was her, she was wearing a sheepskin coat and boots, with no makeup, and I was amazed to bump into her there," McDougall said.


'Jukebox' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Atoms for Peace's "Amok," followed by Mumford & Sons' "Babel" at No. 3, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" at No. 4 and Hillsong United's "Zion" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are the "Now 45" compilation CD at No. 6, the Lumineers' self-titled album at No. 7, Josh Groban's "All That Echoes" at No. 8, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" at No. 9 and Adele's "21" at No. 10.

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