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OK! pays $1 million for Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy story: US

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) Here is a round-up of this week’s U.S. celebrity magazines People, Life and Style, Us Weekly and In Touch Weekly. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Jamie Lynn Spears attends the world premiere of "Nancy Drew" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood June 9, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

TOP STORY - FALLOUT FROM SPEARS PREGNANCY

- Actress Jamie Lynn Spears and her mother, Lynne, were paid about $1 million by OK! magazine for the exclusive story on her pregnancy, with options to purchase additional material, including first pictures of the baby. “Lynne knew OK! would pay the most,” says a source. “It was her decision” - US

- The father of Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears is furious with his ex-wife’s decision to cash in on their 16-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. “He doesn’t get a dime from his daughters,” a source said. Jamie has been working as a private chef to make a living, the source added, while ex-wife Lynne arranged the $1 million deal with OK! magazine, for which she will take a cut. Lynne also receives a percentage of her daughters’ salaries - US

- Pop star Britney Spears is devastated that her younger sister is pregnant. “Britney felt like it was a slap in the face,” an insider said - IN TOUCH

OTHER TOP STORIES

- Tony Parker, the husband of actress Eva Longoria, has filed a defamation suit against photo agency X17, claiming it falsely detailed an alleged affair he had with a French model. The basketball player is seeking $40 million - US

- Country music singer Toby Keith and his family have been awarded $2.8 million in damages for a 2001 collision on an Oklahoma interstate that killed Keith’s father, H.K. Covel. A jury returned the verdict against the operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa and the Republic Western Insurance Co, finding that Covel would not have died if the company’s bus had been equipped with properly working air brakes. According to evidence presented at the wrongful-death trial, the charter bus that slammed into Covel’s vehicle was “in urgent need” of brake repairs before Covel was killed. The company reportedly had been advised of the brake problem before the accident - US

- Insiders are worried that Tara Reid has gone too far in losing weight. “Tara does everything to extremes,” a longtime friend said. “When she drinks, she gets drunk; when she falls in love, she falls hard; and when she loses weight she gets scary skinny.” The actress reportedly weighs approximately 95 pounds - IN TOUCH

- Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is donating $1 million to re-establish the debate team at Wiley College. The school’s 1930s team inspired his latest movie, “The Great Debaters” - US

BIRTHS, DEATHS, MARRIAGES, BREAKUPS

- The divorce between actress Valerie Bertinelli and musician Eddie Van Halen has been finalized - US

- Brendan Fraser and his wife of nine years, Afton, have split, the actor has announced. The couple has three sons - US

- Actor Chris O’Donnell and his wife, schoolteacher Caroline Fentress, welcomed their fifth child. The recent addition, a daughter, has been named Maeve - US

- CNN anchor Campbell Brown gave birth to her first child, a boy named Eli - US

- After failing to find love on “I Love New York,” Tiffany “New York” Pollard tried again on “I Love New York 2” -- and this time it worked. The 25-year-old has accepted a wedding proposal from the man she chose to date on the hit reality show. “Tailor Made” (real name George Weisgerber), a 32-year-old retail planner from New York, defeated 19 other contestants on the dating show to win Pollard’s heart - PEOPLE

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“I’m bored. I don’t have anything to wake up for, like work. ... I’m doing things like going to the dentist. ... I’m very excited about all my doctor appointments.”

- “The Office” actress Jenna Fischer on the writers’ strike, US

Reporting by Mark Porter; editing by Patricia Reaney

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