NEW YORK (AP) _ Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has become a mother, and she and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, have named their daughter after the 97-year-old Kennedy- clan matriarch, Rose Kennedy.

Rose Kennedy Schlossberg was born at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, said Nancy Tuckerman, a family spokeswoman.

Mother and baby are doing fine, Ms. Tuckerman said Tuesday. It's the first grandchild for Ms. Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Earlier this year, Ms. Kennedy, the 30-year-old daughter of the late President Kennedy and granddaughter of Rose Kennedy, graduated from the Columbia University School of Law.

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NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman went back on the air without his writers, but didn't leave any doubts about his sympathies regarding the 4-month-old scriptwriters' strike, and grabbed a few laughs.

The host of NBC-TV's ''Late Night With David Letterman'' blamed the strike on producers, whom he repeatedly called ''money-grubbing scum'' and ''jerks.''

''I certainly have a bright future, don't I?'' he asked his audience, which responded with laughter.

Normally, the show has 13 writers, including Letterman. After months of reruns, the show resumed Tuesday with only Letterman, who wrote his own material, said Peter Spivey, a spokesman for NBC.

Last week, members of the Writers Guild of America voted to continue their strike by a 75-25 percent margin.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Stacy Keach says he enjoyed going to seven foreign countries to film his television miniseries portrayal of Ernest Hemingway, but the best thing about it was that the writer's son liked his performance.

Keach said he read a tremendous amount of material, including letters, biographies and fiction, to prepare for the title role in ''Hemingway,'' which is currently in syndication.

''I had to carry a footlocker around with me from country to country,'' Keach said recently.

''For me, the most gratifying experience with the result of 'Hemingway' was Jack Hemingway's comment that he liked it.''

Jack Hemingway, the son of the writer, is also the father of actresses Mariel and Margaux Hemingway.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Edwin Meese III, in a glancing comment on his legal difficulties, joked that the young bicycle messenger who tried to enter the Justice Department wearing a ''Meese is a Pig'' T-shirt didn't bother him a bit.

''I have no interest, by the way, in any company that manufactures T- shirts,'' the attorney general quipped to reporters Tuesday.

The messenger, Christopher Stalvey, was barred at the door when he made the attempt recently, but Meese recalled, ''As soon as the matter came to me, I said, 'Let him come in.'... I thought it was pretty funny myself.''

The attorney general has been the target of an investigation into whether he lobbied for a defense contractor, but has not been charged.

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FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - There are big barriers in the way of little people who want to get into show business, says actor Billy Barty, a 3-foot-9 entertainer who co-stars in the movie ''Willow.''

''How many little people do commercials?'' he asked Monday during the opening of a Billy Barty Foundation branch here. ''We don't do commercials. But we can squeeze the Charmin. We use soap. We use toothpaste,'' he said.

Barty, 63, has used his size as the basis of his jokes for years.

During his appearance Monday, he picked up a telephone and asked for the ''short distance'' operator. When he talked about his 4-foot-3 wife, Shirley, he joked that he had married ''a tall girl.''

The non-profit Billy Barty Foundation, based in North Hollywood, provides money for medical research, provides family counseling and helps short people find jobs and live independently.

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LONDON (AP) - American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry lost her valiant battle to sing the title role in ''Aida'' before Prince Charles and Princess Diana, defeated by hay fever and tonsillitis.

She had vowed to go on Tuesday night ''even if my nose drips like the Nile.''

The organizers of the opera spectacular at Earl's Court indoor arena said the singer was resting and was ''very disappointed'' at not being able to appear before the heir to the British throne and 14,500 other people.

Miss Bumbry sang on the opening night Sunday but couldn't complete the second act and was replaced by Ghena Dimitrova of Bulgaria.

The $2.5 million production of Giuseppe Verdi's music-drama of ancient Egypt, with a cast of 600, is believed to be the largest opera staged in Britain.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks title fight may have been short, but casinos are still counting their winnings, and one owner even publicly thanked a competitor: Donald Trump, who put on the bout.

Trump's casino reaped the big bucks, but others collected healthy profits by simply buying a section of seats for their own high rollers and by selling their rooms to overflow crowds.

In fact, the impact of Monday's fight, which Tyson won in 91 seconds with a knockout, was enough to prompt Del Webb's Claridge Casino Hotel to splurge on a full-page advertisement in The (Atlantic City) Press that ran the day after the extravaganza.

''We may be the smallest house in town - but we're big enough to know that when someone has the guts and vision to do something that benefits all of us, recognition is in order,'' the ad read. ''So thanks, Mr. Trump.''