(AP) - MOUNT CLEMENS, Michigan-Rap megastar Eminem and his high school sweetheart divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried.

Eminem and Kim Mathers agreed to divide property under terms of a private settlement and to share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade Scott. They told a judge they understood the divorce was final.

The couple "conducted themselves with dignity and respect," Circuit Judge Antonio P. Viviano said. "All in all, they are a very fine couple to deal with."

Eminem, 34, declined to comment after the brief hearing as two men whisked him into a black Cadillac Escalade. Mathers, 31, did not speak to reporters.

Eminem and Mathers remarried Jan. 14. He filed for divorce April 5. They first married in 1999 in a secret ceremony in Missouri, and divorced in 2001.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, has won nine Grammy Awards, including best rap album, for "The Slim Shady LP," "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "The Eminem Show." He won an Oscar for the song "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile," the semi-autobiographical 2002 film in which he starred

California woman appeal sentence for violating custody order

From the Journal Gazette.link

A woman said Monday she would appeal the felony conviction and probation sentence she received for taking her son from his Fort Wayne father’s home and not returning him.

An Allen County jury convicted Latonna Whitt, 28, of El Cajon, Calif., in October of a felony custody violation charge for taking her 10-year-old son July 3, 2005, for a weekend visit but failing to return him the following Sunday as scheduled.

Although the boy’s father tried to alert police immediately, he was referred to his attorney from the custody case, court records stated. In October 2005, the father learned Whitt had withdrawn their son from Fort Wayne Community Schools and enrolled him in a school in California, according to court documents.

The law, which makes violating a custody order a felony, isn’t used often because parents usually work out custody before it reaches court, prosecutors said.

Whitt faced up to three years in prison, but Allen Superior Judge Kenneth Scheibenberger ordered her to serve 1 1/2 years on probation as well as receive a psychological evaluation and follow court orders from the Family Division, which involves the custody agreements.

“You have a whole new set of rules to live by from probation,” he told her. “If you don’t, they will issue a revocation … and no one wants to see that happen.”

Whitt shook her head as Scheibenberger spoke, prompting him to ask why.

“I just don’t understand a lot of what’s going on right now,” she replied.

Though Whitt’s attorney had already filed an appeal regarding her conviction, Whitt told the judge again Monday she wanted to appeal.

According to records, a court order allowed Whitt to have weekend visits with her son but restricted her from removing him from Indiana. She was arrested in May. At trial, her attorney said Whitt thought the court order was temporary and allowed her to go to California with the child.

The boy now lives with his father who has custody.

A Primer on Prenups-Britney played it smart. Paul will pay smartly.

Follow these five tips before saying "I do."

He's a world-renowned musician with a billion-plus in the bank and a failed marriage. She's a blonde pop singer with a flagging career and a failed marriage.

Guess what? The blonde was the smart one when it came to the prenuptial agreement. Before Britney Spears married soon-to-be-ex Kevin Federline, she had her lawyers draw up a prenup that reportedly awards him only $300,000 of her $100 million in assets. Paul McCartney, on the other hand, failed to take that precaution of a legal document protecting his assets and now faces an ugly court battle and a mega-million-dollar payout to his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney. Read More

Tabloid frenzy over Spears, Witherspoon divorce filings is keeping courthouse staff busy

From the LA Times:Los Angeles may not have a professional football team, but it does have celebrity divorce watching — and lately, that's becoming quite a rough sport. So employees of Los Angeles civil court were reminded this week, when Britney Spears filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Kevin Federline.Los Angeles may not have a professional football team, but it does have celebrity divorce watching — and lately, that's becoming quite a rough sport. So employees of Los Angeles civil court were reminded this week, when Britney Spears filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Kevin Federline.Read article

Man From Sudan Forced To Marry a Goat

From BBC Africa BBC Africa Link
A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.

The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said.

Mr Alifi, of Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat.

"When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up."

Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case.

"They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," Mr Alifi told the newspaper.

Great News For us Bloggers

From BBC website comes this great news for bloggers.

"Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.
To read the case

It followed the case of San Diego woman sued after posting allegedly libellous comments online about two doctors.

Some of the internet's biggest names including Google, eBay and Amazon have supported a woman in a US legal battle that may save them from libel cases.

The judges said the ruling would protect freedom of expression.

'Disturbing implications'

Overturning a decision by the San Francisco appeal court, the court ruled that people claiming they were defamed online could now only seek damages from the original author of the comments - and not the website which re-posted it.

The court ruled that that Internet Service Providers were protected by US Federal law that said providers of chat rooms or news groups are not considered the publishers of information furnished by others.

"The prospect of blanket immunity for those who intentionally redistribute defamatory statements on the Internet has disturbing implications," said Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan.

"Nevertheless ... statutory immunity serves to protect online freedom of expression and to encourage self-regulation, as Congress intended."

The lawsuit involved a health activist who posted someone else's letter on her web site. The subject of the letter sued the activist - as well as the author - for libel.

Internet service providers have long argued that, like telephone companies, they were "common carriers" who could not be subject to libel laws."

Out of wedlock births reach all time high in the US

Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday.

While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teen birth rate actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s.


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