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Marc Rich in November 1998. (AP Photo/Keystone, Guido Roeoesli)
Marc Rich, the billionaire financier infamously pardoned by Bill Clinton, says he's never returning to the United States. Rich fled to Switzerland in the 1980s after charges of tax evasion and claims it's still not safe to set foot in this country. U.S. authorities "would look for some excuse to apprehend me," Rich says in a new book by journalist Daniel Ammann. "They might still have an unpaid parking ticket of mine from 30 years ago." Hmmm ... fugitive in exile, Swiss authorities -- maybe he should visit Roman Polanski at his undisclosed location?
Can we have a drumroll for Phil Collins? The singer and former drummer for Genesis says he won't be playing anytime in the near future: Collins, 58, had surgery in April for a dislocated vertebra and lost feeling in his fingers; the only way he could perform is to "glue drumsticks to my hands," reports German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.
Most of the governors of Iraq -- in Washington for a week-long visit -- got a crash course in U.S. history Monday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: saw the Star-Spangled Banner, exhibitions on Abraham Lincoln and other presidents, and Dorothy's ruby slippers.
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October 20, 2009; 1:00 AM ET
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