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AWARDS

Why was Halle Berry at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on April 2 in L.A.? ''I love kids. I love jeans. And I love hamburgers. This is definitely my kind of party. Who needs that prissy foie gras?''

FINALES

CBS announced April 4 that the military drama JAG will conclude its 10-year run on April 29 with an episode that promises to milk the romantic tension between Navy Cmdr. Harmon ''Harm'' Rabb (David James Elliott, 44) and Marine Lt. Col. Sarah ''Mac'' MacKenzie (Catherine Bell, 36).

COURTS

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, 30, was ordered March 30 to pony up $163 (including $21 in extra fees) after a New Zealand court rejected her appeal of the $142 fine she received for failing to declare fruit (one apple and one orange) that she was carrying upon arrival Jan. 15 at Auckland International Airport. Swank's rep says, ''Hilary is of course going to pay the fine and promises to finish her fruit on the plane next time.''. . .On March 9, an L.A. judge ordered Death Row Records exec Marion ''Suge'' Knight, 39, and his company to fork over $107 million to former producer/ manager Lydia Harris, 42, who alleged in a 2002 suit that she was shut out of the gangsta-rap label she cofounded with Knight back in 1989. Knight was ordered to pay up after he refused to answer questions and provide information in the case. . . .Oscar-nominated producer Stuart Benjamin (Ray) and three co-plaintiffs filed suit March 31 against the Walt Disney Co., charging that 2002's Sweet Home Alabama is an unauthorized adaptation of their screenplay Rescue Me. Among other charges, the complaint alleges copyright infringement and unfair business practices. A rep for Disney says ''[the suit] has no merit.''. . .On March 31, rocker Ted Nugent, 56, won a breach-of-contract suit against organizers of the Muskegon Summer Celebration when a Michigan jury awarded the carnivorous guitarist $80,000 in damages plus $20,000 for lost proceeds. Nugent was scheduled to play the June 2003 concert, but organizers pulled him from the bill after he allegedly made racist remarks during a May 2003 radio interview. Nugent has denied the remarks were racist.

RECOVERING

After undergoing minimally invasive neuroradiology to treat a brain aneurysm March 29, Neil Young, 59, was discharged from a New York-area hospital April 4. He is expected to make a full recovery while recuperating in New York before traveling to Nashville, to resume recording later this month.

AILING

Chief ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, 66, has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo outpatient chemotherapy treatment in New York. In an April 5 e-mail to the network's staff, ABC News president David Westin wrote, ''It's both Peter's and my expectation that he will anchor World News Tonight during the period of treatment to the extent he can do so comfortably; but, we should also expect him to be off the broadcast from time to time, depending on how he feels.''. . .On April 4, a rep for the Osbournes announced that Ozzy and Sharon's camera-shy daughter Aimee, 21, had ''taken ill,'' prompting her and her mum to cancel their appearances in the London West End production of The Vagina Monologues. Mother and daughter are returning to L.A. so that Aimee can rest and receive ''further treatment'' for an undisclosed malady.

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