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By United Press International  |  Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:47 AM
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AMY WINEHOUSE: Amy Winehouse's father Mitch says unreleased tracks, lyric books and letters have been stolen from the late British soul singer's London home.

The 27-year-old Grammy Award winner died last month after a long battle with drugs and alcohol.

Officials said they were awaiting the results of toxicology tests before they can determine the cause of her death.

Mitch Winehouse told Sky News about 20 people, including family, friends, security and police, have had access to her house since his daughter died.

The grieving father told the news agency he was trying to find out who took the items so he can recover them.

Shortly after the singer's death, Mitch Winehouse was seen distributing some of her clothing and accessories to fans milling about outside her house.

QUEEN LATIFAH: Queen Latifah, Snooki, Tiffani Thiessen and Rob Kardashian are in talks to compete on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles, show sources told TMZ.

Although Thiessen's publicist denies she will appear on the show, TMZ said its sources are adamant she will be there when the new season starts next month.

Thiessen's former "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-stars Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Ian Ziering have competed on "Dancing" in previous seasons.

Professional football player Hines Ward won last season's mirror ball trophy.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR: Heather Locklear's publicist says the U.S. actress is engaged to her longtime beau, actor Jack Wagner.

A representative for the former star of "Spin City," "Melrose Place," "T.J. Hooker" and "Dynasty" confirmed her engagement Friday.

Wagner is a daytime drama veteran, having starred on "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," as well as the nighttime soap "Melrose Place" with Locklear.

Locklear and Wagner have been dating since 2007.

Locklear, 49, was previously married to rockers Tommy Lee and Richie Sambora. She and Sambora have a daughter.

Wagner, 51, was married to his "GH" co-star Kristina Malandro. They have two sons.

PIPPA MIDDLETON: British music producer and TV personality Simon Cowell says he will hire Pippa Middleton if she demonstrates an interest in a show business career.

Middleton became an overnight celebrity after she served as maid of honor at her sister Kate's wedding to Britain's Prince William in April.

"I haven't heard her sing, but if she walked in and said, 'I want to be a TV star,' I would sign her on the spot," The Sun newspaper quoted Cowell as saying.

"She has the X Factor. To overshadow your sister when she's the one getting married? That was impressive."

Cowell has served as a judge on the talent competition shows "American Idol," "Britain's Got Talent" and the British series "The X Factor." He will soon be seen on the upcoming U.S. edition of "The X Factor."

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