ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Miss America Marjorie Judith Vincent says she will continue to speak out about the plight of battered women after her successor is crowned Saturday.

''I would like to keep a fairly high profile. I love being out there in the community,'' said the 26-year-old from Oak Park, Ill. ''They'll still hear from me.''

Leonard Horn, the pageant's chief executive, said the unattractive nature of the issue Vincent chose to spotlight limited the publicity she received during her reign.

''Margie in a more quiet way achieved great success,'' he said.

Miss Vincent plans to finish her third year of law school at Duke University.

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SALSOMAGGIORE, Italy (AP) - Martina Colombari's father didn't want her to enter the Miss Italy contest because he feared she would win - and he was right.

The 16-year-old, the youngest of 60 contestants, was judged Italy's top beauty.

Colombari still has her Barbie doll, and when she goes dancing her aunt accompanies her, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from this spa resort Sunday.

The long-haired blonde was crowned Miss Italy on Saturday by one of the judges, actor Alain Delon.

''I was afraid she would win and that her studies would suffer,'' her father, restaurant owner Maurizio Colombari, was quoted as telling ANSA.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Pete Rose is building a luxury home in Florida.

The house will be on three acres overlooking a lake in the Sherbrooke Golf and Country Estates in Lake Worth, said development owner Eugene Schear.

''He'll be putting in tennis courts and of course a swimming pool, and needs space for his two horses,'' the Dayton Daily News quoted Schear as saying Sunday.

The former Cincinnati Reds star, baseball's all-time hits leader, was banished from the game for gambling. He pleaded guilty a year ago to cheating on his taxes and received a five-month prison sentence.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Elton John joined an 11-year-old AIDS patient and thousands of volunteers in the city's first walk to raise money for people with the disease.

A crowd estimated at 18,000 gathered in the city's main park Sunday for the 3.2-mile From All Walks of Life benefit. Spokesman Bob Maxwell said the event raised $542,643.

''Sometimes I get a little angry about this disease. I wish sometimes that the governments of some countries ... would show a little more compassion,'' said John, who owns a home in Atlanta.

The pop singer kicked off the march with Brett Lykins, a fourth-grader who last year announced at his school that he had contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Queen Latifah says she wishes other rappers would lay off the vulgar and hostile references to women.

The top female rapper, with a reputation for her thoughtful, feminist lyrics, becomes angry when artists such as Ice Cube and N.W.A. put women down.

''These guys have that negative streak in them regarding women. That's why they say those nasty, vicious things,'' said Latifah, 21, who was born Dana Owens.

Latifah said even the female rap group Hoe's Wit' Attitude demeans women in its lyrics.

''These women don't impress me at all. If you're just nasty and you aren't making any kind of important statement, then you're useless,'' she said.