This just in: 50 Cent, Alexandra Kerry, Carl Kasell
- 50 Cent settled a lawsuit with Taco Bell over a goofy promo campaign that had the fast-food chain sending letters to news outlets asking the rapper to change his name to "79 Cent" or "99 Cent" in honor of their cheap burritos, reports Bloomberg. Fiddy was seeking $1 million for alleged misuse of his trademark on persona; no word on what he got in the confidential settlement.
- Alexandra Kerry will not face criminal charges from her arrest in Hollywood last week for investigation of DUI. A rep for L.A. prosecutors told reporters they found "insufficient evidence" in the police report on Sen. John Kerry's daughter, 36. The senator's office last week said the filmmaker was pulled over for an expired registration and later tested below the legal blood-alcohol limit.
- No more 1 a.m. wake-up calls: After 30 years of presenting the news on NPR's "Morning Edition," Carl Kasell, 75, will call it quits at year's end. He'll keep deploying that resonant voice, though, as scorekeeper of the weekly "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me."
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