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October 24, 1986

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country singer Loretta Lynn was forced to cancel three concerts this weekend after she was hospitalized for treatment of a blocked urinary tract, her manager says.

Miss Lynn canceled appearances in Danville, Ill.; Eau Claire, Wis.; and Waukegon, Ill., David Skepner said Thursday.

The 51-year-old performer entered a hospital here Tuesday night, and expects to perform as scheduled in Florida next week, Skepner said.

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LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II came home from Hong Kong following her tour of that crown colony and China, but her husband, Prince Philip, remained behind.

A special British Airways flight carrying the queen from Hong Kong landed Thursday night at London’s Heathrow Airport, ending the first journey to China by a British monarch.

Philip planned to open an education center in Hong Kong for the World Wildlife Fund, of which he is president.

The queen spent six days in China and two in Hong Kong.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor and comedian Richard Pryor is making a rapid recovery following surgery for a sinus condition that caused him to temporarily lose sight in his right eye and to lose weight, a spokeswoman says.

″His sight is returning. He is gaining weight,″ Jennie Johnson said Thursday.

The minor operation was performed last week after the 46-year-old entertainer’s eye condition persisted for more than three weeks and failed to respond to other treatment, she said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Louise Mandrell and her songwriter husband, R.C. Bannon, have adopted a 2-year-old daughter.

The couple, who have been married for eight years, have no other children, spokeswoman Jeannie Ghent said Thursday.

″R.C. and I have wanted our own child for so long,″ said Miss Mandrell, sister of entertainer Barbara Mandrell. ″I just could not possibly be happier now that we have Nicole.″

The adoption became official Wednesday.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Former pro football quarterback Kenny ″Snake″ Stabler and his wife, Rose, have a new member on the family team.

Alexa Rose Stabler was born Wednesday, said Stabler, 40. ″Things went real well and we’re both thrilled,″ he said.

Stabler, who played for the University of Alabama and the New Orleans Saints before leaving pro ball two years ago, has been promoting a book about his football career titled ″Snake.″

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former test pilot and fighter ace Chuck Yeager launched a national fund-raising campaign for a proposed park near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota that would be a memorial for veterans.

″There’s been so much flap about Vietnam veterans and so forth,″ Yeager said following a news conference here. ″We’re just trying to build a living memorial to all veterans.″

The retired Air Force general, who was immortalized in the book and movie ″The Right Stuff,″ said he is serving as a paid spokesman for the Vets for Vets Memorial Park campaign.

The $25 million, 70-acre park is expected to be completed by 1989, said designer Jack McAdam.

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NEW YORK (AP) - E.L. Doctorow’s novel ″World’s Fair″ was nominated for the American Book Awards fiction prize, along with ″A Summons to Memphis″ by novelist Peter Taylor and ″Whites,″ Norman Rush’s volume of stores set in Africa.

The awards organization also announced five non-fiction nominees on Thursday: ″War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War,″ by John Dower; ″The Paper: The Life and Times of the New York Herald Tribune,″ by Richard Kluger; ″Arctic Dreams,″ by Barry Lopez; ″The Young Hemingway,″ by Michael Reynolds; and ″Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter,″ by Theodore Rosengarten.

Each nominee will receive a $1,000 prize and each of two winners will receive $10,000. The winners, chosen by panels of writers, will be announced Nov. 17.

Publishers submitted 270 titles for consideration.

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OAK PARK, Calif. (AP) - Bob Hope’s ranch has reached a $56,000 out-of-court settlement with a school district whose high school campus often became pasture for wandering cattle from the comedian’s property.

The Oak Park Unified School District’s suit alleged that Jordan Ranch cattle damaged a sprinkler system and trampled fields on the rural campus. It named Hope, property manager Jim Hunter and Cliff Holmes, a cattle rancher who leases the Ventura County property from the entertainer.

School Superintendent Dan Thompson said Tuesday the settlement was ″very reasonable.″

Hope does not live on the 2,329-acre ranch.

″I’m virtually positive Mr. Hope never even knew there was a lawsuit,″ said his attorney, Payson Wolff.

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