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NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Tina Fey will host "Saturday Night Live" May 7, although there is no word on how much or how little air time will be given to her famed Sarah Palin alter ego.

The "30 Rock" star and former "SNL" cast member and writer will face the cameras as she basks in the well-received release of her new book "Bossypants" and awaits the upcoming birth of her second child.

Fey's Palin impression debuted almost three years ago, Entertainment Tonight noted Saturday, and would be on its third go-around if she uses in next month.

'Soul Surfer' Bible scene unaltered

HOLLYWOOD, April 9 (UPI) -- Sony (NYSE:SNE) Pictures said there was never any intent to obscure the Bible in a scene from the upcoming film "Soul Surfer."

The studio issued a statement saying the movie, based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hanson, who lost an arm in a shark attack, had a scene in which the title of the Bible was digitally removed, but that was only used for pre-release testing.

"This movie has a strong spiritual core … and while one of the versions tested did have the scene in question, it was never unclear that the book was the Bible," Sony said.

Tom Hamilton, Bethany's father, told The Hollywood Reporter the producer had been urging the Christian aspects of "Soul Surfer" be toned down in order to broaden its appeal to secular audiences. He said he was pleased to see the title in place in the final version of the scene in which he reads passages to his hospitalized daughter.

"I could see the words bright and clear," Hamilton said. "I looked at my wife and whispered, 'Thank you God, they put it back.'"

Sheen reaches out to nemesis ex-boss

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Charlie Sheen called on former boss Chuck Lorre to join him on his U.S. road show in order to end the feud that led to the cancellation of "Two and a Half Men."

Appearing at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Sheen told the audience he wanted to meet with Lorre on stage Sunday to "fix 'Two and a Half Men.'"

"Of course, I want my job back, so you guys can keep watching the best sitcom in the world!" Sheen said during Friday night's performance.

The invitation was one of the takeaways from Sheen's New York show, which The Hollywood Reporter said was significantly changed from the now-notorious debut in Detroit.

The Reporter said Saturday Sheen dropped a number of the show's original aspects, including a band, a warmup comedian and a large number of the video clips he had been playing over the course of the hourlong set.

Friday's show began about 30 minutes late, but the packed house seemed to love Sheen's gossipy Hollywood tales and his frequent references to substance abuse, The Reporter noted.

J-Lo stunned by this week's 'Idol' vote

LOS ANGELES, April 9 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez says she still isn't sure why Pia Toscano was cut from the U.S. television talent competition "American Idol" when she had been doing so well.

Lopez told radio host Ryan Seacrest on KISS-FM radio in Los Angeles that she was stunned at the results of the voting by the American public, which sent Toscano packing this week.

"Honestly, I don't know what happened," said Lopez. "(Maybe) people thought she was safe, as I did ... Maybe there was something that wasn't connecting (with the audience) that we didn't see."

People magazine said Saturday that J-Lo became choked up after the voting and went on stage to console the disappointed Toscano. "I told her to stay pure in her heart, to have faith and to know that if this wasn't the path for her that there was something bigger for her," Lopez told Seacrest.

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    • ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - United Nations and French helicopters in Ivory Coast fired rockets on strongman Laurent Gbagbo's residence Sunday in retaliation to attacks by his forces on the U.N. headquarters and civilians in recent days, a U.N. official said.
    • Two residents from nearby neighborhoods reported seeing two U.N. Mi-24 attack helicopters and one French helicopter open fire on the residence.
    • Pro-Gbagbo forces also attacked U.N. headquarters on Saturday and again on Sunday, according to the U.N.
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        • RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan - One month after a devastating tsunami flattened their homes, some families took a step toward normalcy and moved into temporary housing, while Japan's prime minister promised Sunday to help fishermen along the devastated coast get back to their boats.
        • That's just one house for every 50 applicants.
        • On Sunday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited Ishinomaki and promised to support the coastal city, where the fishing industry accounts for 40 percent of the economy.
          • Witnesses: 4 protesters killed in key Syrian city Apr 10, 2022 02:38 PM

            • BEIRUT - Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen killed four protesters Sunday in the port city of Banias after the army sealed off the city as hundreds of protesters gathered, undaunted by the regime's use of deadly force to quell more than three weeks of unrest, witnesses said.
            • Army tanks and soldiers circled the city, preventing people from entering.
            • Several other human rights activists, also citing witnesses, reported shooting in Banias on Sunday.
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                • WASHINGTON - President Obama will lay out new plans this week to reduce the federal deficit in part by seeking cuts to government programs for seniors and the poor, a top political adviser said Sunday, adding that Americans expect both sides to work together.
                • Both houses of Congress were expected to take up that measure at midweek.
                • What's usually a debate about federal spending had shifted into talks about where to cut, and both parties took aim at the chief federal health programs for the elderly and the poor, Medicare and Medicaid.
                  • Witness says 4 protesters killed in Syria Apr 10, 2022 01:54 PM

                    • BEIRUT - A witness says Syrian security forces have killed four protesters and wounded dozens in a coastal city.
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