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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- What do reality stars and prospective beauty pageant winners have in common?

In this case, they'll be working together. Pageant officials say Rob Kardashian, a former "Dancing with the Stars" competitor and the brother from the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" reality show, will be among the "celebrity judges" for Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant. The 61st annual pageant is being held June 3 in Las Vegas.

Former "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky, pop star Joe Jonas and "Fashion Police" host George Kotsiopoulos also will help name the next Miss USA. The winner goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

Reality stars Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic will host the televised competition.


WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts woman thought she had lost her new bike forever when she tumbled off a bridge over a muddy stream 42 years ago.

But the bike has been found -- by the now-grown woman's own wife.

Lisa Brown tells the Cape Cod Times she was 11 when she lost control while riding over the Herring River in 1970 and fell in.

Deirdre Olinger says she was walking along the stream this spring when she spotted a rusted bike tangled in the undergrowth about a quarter mile from the bridge. Brown, was tipped off by the banana seat, knowing that it was hers. She says the discovery is like "finding a long lost friend."


BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) -- While his name was Led Zeppelin II, he was known as George Blackburn for most of his life. He changed his name last fall after a divorce. According to his daughter, Zeppelin died Friday at the age of 64 of a heart attack.

He'd lived in southern Illinois.

The daughter says he'd seen the British group about 20 times and changed his name to get a new start.

As for the album, Led Zepellin II was released in 1969 and was the band's first album to reach No. 1 in the U.S.


New York's famed park gets new rides

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's famed Coney Island is ready for Memorial Day weekend with new rides made in Italy.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is among those hailing the fact that Brooklyn's seaside amusement park will open with a coaster that speeds riders 100 feet up, swinging them over the boardwalk.

There's also a new go-kart track.

The attractions are part of a planned redevelopment project that is to eventually add restaurants, movie theaters, stores and hotels to a neighborhood that had fallen onto hard times. As for the new rides, they open Saturday morning, next to the beach.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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