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The Oscar-winning actor has met with Mr. Chavez several times in Venezuela and has a friendly relationship with the leftist leader.

Wallenda given OK for Niagara Falls stunt

Daredevil Nik Wallenda is set to walk a 1,800 foot tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer, a feat the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas said has been his childhood dream.

The Niagara Parks Commission, which months ago refused even to consider the idea, voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the walk between the United States and Canada, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Wallenda plans to run a 2-inch wire 60 to 70 feet above the 160-foot gorge, which will dip down in the middle, meaning he’ll walk downhill during the first half of the 30- to 40-minute walk and uphill until the end.

Mr. Wallenda has until the end of March to work out details of the walk. He has a deal with Discovery television to broadcast the spectacle live.

Nick Cannon departs his NYC radio show

Nick Cannon has stepped down from his New York City radio show.

Mr. Cannon said in a statement on the 92.3 NOW website that Friday was his last day hosting the 2-year-old show, called “Rollin’.”

He said doctors had ordered him to cut back on his professional commitments and get more rest.

Said Mr. Cannon: “Even Superman has to sleep.”

The 31-year-old entertainer was hospitalized last month after suffering from what his wife, Mariah Carey, called “mild kidney failure.”

The couple became parents of twins, a son Moroccan and a daughter Monroe, last year.

Mr. Cannon said he’ll continue to host his syndicated weekend show, “Cannon’s Countdown.”

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.