Arts and Entertainment Miley Cyrus with her father, country musician Billy Ray Cyrus

The modernised version of his 1992 hit should make for an interesting listen

Piers Morgan to replace US talk show host Larry King

Piers Morgan spoke of his dream job tonight as he was unveiled as the new host on one of America's biggest talk shows.

Queen of US shock jocks quits the airwaves after damaging race row

Dr Laura doesn't do tea and sympathy. For 30 years, she has been dispensing tough love to tens of thousands of listeners who call her radio talk show each day, seeking blunt, provocative and unashamedly conservative advice on how to cope with their most pressing personal problems.

Wyclef Jean set to confirm run for Haitian presidency

He may be Haiti's best-known celebrity, but is he ready to be its head of state? That's the question Wyclef Jean must answer tonight, when he's expected to throw his back-to-front baseball cap into the ring by formally announcing his intention to stand in the country's forthcoming presidential elections.

The poster girl of the gulf clean-up

When Olivia Bouler saw birds coated in oil she began selling her art to save them. $180,000 later, David Usborne meets her

Can talk show host Larry King be replaced when he steps down?

His talk show featured presidents and superstars, made the headlines and even influenced elections.

Could Piers Morgan be the new Larry King?

CNN, the US news network that styles itself "The Worldwide Leader in News", has reportedly offered Piers Morgan, the Britain's Got Talent panellist, a £10m contract to replace Larry King as the host of its flagship interview show.

How the Oscars suffered their very own 'Kanye West moment'

Long-running animosity between film-makers spills over into acceptance speech

Still no final resting place for Michael Jackson

He spent the last few years of his life on a globe-trotting odyssey, and now in death Michael Jackson still seems unable to find a permanent home.

Miss California stripped of tiara after all

A beauty queen whose opposition to gay marriage turned her into an overnight poster girl for America's conservative movement has been stripped of her hard-won tiara, after failing to properly discharge the onerous responsibilities of a reigning Miss California.

Plot thickens in Travolta extortion case

Police in the Bahamas are deepening their investigation into an alleged plot to extort up to $25m from Hollywood star John Travolta over the death of his 16-year-old son.

Cooper Brown: It turns out that my name is on some "terror" list

He's Out There: 'Victoria is British so they can't kick her out – and where would they send her to, the Republic of Prada?'

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