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Larry Birkhead celebrates the DNA results of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, which proved that he is the father. "My baby's going to be coming home," said Birkhead. (Kris Ingraham/Reuters)

Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, according to DNA tests, and the late reality TV star's former boyfriend emerged from a court hearing yesterday to proclaim that his daughter would soon be home.

"I told you so!" Birkhead said as he jubilantly announced the DNA results after the closed hearing. Then he hugged his rival, Howard K. Stern. Smith's lawyer-turned-companion has been caring for baby Dannielynn since her mother's sudden death in February.

The hearing left unresolved who will have custody of the girl. Another custody hearing was scheduled for Friday. Stern said he would not fight for custody.

"I'm obviously very disappointed, but my feelings toward Dannielynn have not changed," Stern said.

A joyous Birkhead said, "My baby's going to be coming home pretty soon."

Even Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, who had also sought custody, seemed appeased by the DNA results. "I'm happy that Dannielynn will know who her real father is," she said outside court.

An expert in genetic evidence said DNA analysis proved Birkhead is Dannielynn's father. Dr. Michael Baird, who analyzed the results of a March 21 DNA test, announced the results outside court. "Essentially, he's the biological father," Baird said.

Birkhead, a Los Angeles photographer, began seeking custody before Smith, 39, collapsed and died in a Florida hotel on Feb. 8.

The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, was born five months before her mother's death. She could inherit millions from the estate of Smith's late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. The former model had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon's family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.

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Filmmaker gone wild in custody
The founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire was taken into custody by federal marshals in Florida yesterday to face a contempt of court citation after initially defying a federal judge. Joe Francis was booked into the Bay County Jail, said Ruth Sasser, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. "His attorneys continue to work toward a settlement," Ronn Torossian, a Francis spokesman, said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press. Francis, 34, makes an estimated $29 million a year from videos of young women exposing their breasts and in other sexually provocative situations. He appeared yesterday afternoon before federal Magistrate Larry A. Bodiford, who ordered him held without bail. Torossian said Francis would probably be held until at least tomorrow, when he is scheduled to appear before U S District Judge Richard Smoak, who issued the contempt citation. Francis drew the contempt citation during negotiations in a civil lawsuit brought by seven women who were underage when they were filmed by his company on Panama City Beach during spring break in 2003. (AP)

Vidal wins first PEN/Borders award
Gore Vidal has been named the first winner of the PEN/Borders Literary Service Award, given to "a truly distinguished American writer whose critically acclaimed work helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways." "The breadth and depth of Gore Vidal's brilliant work, his courage in speaking out, even at times when free speech has been at risk in our country, and his lifelong commitment to democracy, justice, reason, and common sense make him the ideal recipient of the inaugural PEN/Borders Literary Service Award," Borders Group CEO George Jones said yesterday in a statement. Vidal, 81, is known for his political and social commentary and for such novels as "Burr," "Lincoln," and "Myra Breckenridge." There is no cash prize for the PEN/Borders award. (AP)

CBS News producer fired for plagiarism
A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie Couric video essay on libraries was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal. The essay was removed from the CBS website and an editor's note was posted saying the item should have credited Jeffrey Zaslow of the Journal, the network said yesterday. An editor for The Wall Street Journal called CBS News to point out the similarities of the April 4 notebook item to Zaslow's article. (AP)

Cleaning firm sued over Beatles 'trash'
Boxes of photographic material -- including the only remaining original transparencies from a 1963 Beatles photo session -- were thrown out by a cleaner despite a note warning they weren't trash, a lawsuit filed in Britain's High Court claims. Apple Corps. Ltd., guardian of the Fab Four's commercial interests, and EMI Records Ltd., which distributes the Beatles' music, filed the lawsuit against the cleaning company, Crystal Services PLC, earlier this year. The lawsuit, obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, says more than 450 photographs, negatives, and transparencies were lost, most of which were EMI's photographic archive from 1997. Some of the material may be replaceable, the claim acknowledges, but one box included seven transparencies of Beatles photos taken in 1963 by Angus McBean. (AP)

Snoop Dogg charged
Snoop Dogg was charged yesterday with felony gun and drug counts, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. He will be arraigned today. Snoop Dogg was arrested Oct. 26 by Burbank police at Bob Hope Airport on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance. Burbank police later discovered a gun at his home. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. (AP)

Fire hits Cash house
A fire destroyed the lakeside home of the late country singer Johnny Cash yesterday. The fire started around 1:40 p.m. in Henderson, Tenn., about 20 miles northeast of downtown Nashville. Fire trucks arrived within minutes, but the house was already engulfed in flames, Hendersonville Fire Chief Jamie Steele said. Just a few hours later, there was almost nothing left except brick chimneys and the steel frame of the house where Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003. The property was purchased by Barry Gibb, a member of the Bee Gees, in January 2006. The cause is unknown. (AP)

Warmup act

'The more I learn about global warming, the more I know that we all have to do something to be a part of the solution.' Singer Sheryl Crow, riding a bus that uses biodiesel fuel on an 11-stop college tour to raise awareness about global warming.

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