Wash. state woman charged with stalking Clay Aiken

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A woman from Washington state has been charged with stalking singer Clay Aiken at his home in North Carolina.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday that 57-year-old Barbara Jean Saylor of Kirkland, Wash., was charged with trespassing and misdemeanor stalking.

Deputies responded to a call from Aiken’s home on April 3. They were told a woman had scaled a security fence and entered Aiken’s property.

Authorities say she was ordered to leave when she was seen looking through the windows of the home.

They say the woman left after being told that law enforcement was notified.

Saylor was released on $5,000 bond. It wasn’t clear if she has an attorney.

BBC in hot seat as anti-Thatcher song climbs chart

LONDON — The BBC has been put in an awkward spot, as the “Wizard of Oz” song “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” zooms up the music charts in a protest against Margaret Thatcher.

Opponents of the late British prime minister have tried to buy as many versions of the song as possible to protest her divisive policies.

The BBC usually broadcasts the best-selling hits on its official music chart show, but some lawmakers from Thatcher’s Conservative Party had urged the state-funded broadcaster to drop the song from its countdown.

Others warned that such a move would be censoring dissent.

In a compromise, the BBC says it will broadcast only part of the song along with a news item explaining why it was a hit this week.

L.A. police to withhold info on celeb hoax 911 calls

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say they’ll no longer routinely issue news releases on hoax 911 calls targeting the homes of celebrities.

The LAPD announced Thursday that they’ll downplay incidents of “swatting” that in recent months have sent emergency responders to the homes of Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.

Spokesman Christopher Ngo says the move is intended to deny the publicity that motivates the prank callers.

Police said the department will not immediately confirm the incidents for news organizations either.

Media outlets will instead be required to file formal public records requests.

The term “swatting” comes from the pranksters’ desire to have heavily armed special weapons teams dispatched to their calls.

In December police arrested a 12-year-old boy suspected of placing swatting calls to many celebrity houses, including Kutcher’s.

PSY’s new single steals attention away from N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean pop star PSY’s first new single since his viral hit “Gangnam Style” is stealing attention from inter-Korean tensions.

YG Entertainment, PSY’s agency, says “Gentleman” was released in 119 countries today.

PSY co-composed the electronic dance music and wrote the lyrics for the song, which pokes fun at a self-claimed gentleman who enjoys his time at a dance club.

Tensions in South Korea are high, with residents wary of a possible missile test by the North.

But South Korean Internet users were more interested today in PSY’s new song than North Korea: “Gentleman” was the most searched keyword on top Web portals.

PSY’s manager Hwang Kyu-wan says the video for “Gentleman” will be unveiled at his comeback concert in Seoul on Sunday and will then be uploaded onto YouTube.

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