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Settlement reached

Former supermodel Christie Brinkley and her former husband have settled their post-divorce spat before a New York judge, Associated Press reports.

The dueling exes had accused each other of violating their divorce settlement. It was reached after architect Peter Cook admitted to having an affair with a 19-year-old baby sitter.

On Tuesday, Miss Brinkley and Mr. Cook told a state Supreme Court justice they had resolved their legal issues.

The specifics were not discussed in court.

Their nasty divorce trial ended in July 2008 with the out-of-court settlement.

Miss Brinkley, a former Sports Illustrated model, got custody of their two children and kept property. Mr. Cook received $2.1 million from Miss Brinkley and liberal visitation rights, AP said.

MJ, Swift top AMAs

Michael Jackson has a chance to win Artist of the Year posthumously at the American Music Awards.

The pop superstar, who died suddenly on June 25, is among a diverse group of artists nominated Tuesday for the top honor. Country star Taylor Swift, rapper Eminem, breakthrough rockers Kings of Leon and flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga are the other nominees.

Miss Swift topped all artists with six nominations. Jackson followed her with five nominations, and Eminem received four. Favorite female-artist nominees were Lady Gaga, Miss Swift and Beyonce.

Winners are determined by an online vote of fans and will be announced at a Los Angeles ceremony televised by ABC on Nov. 22. The nominees were selected through a measurement combining sales and radio airplay.

T.I. was nominated for favorite male rap star, and his “Paper Trail” disc was nominated for favorite rap album of the year. He won two trophies last weekend at the BET Hip-Hop Awards but could not attend the show because he is in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction.

J.J.’s back

In other Jackson family news, Janet Jackson is topping her latest greatest-hits collection with a new single.

The greatest-hits collection, called “Number Ones,” includes 33 classic Janet Jackson hits and her newest song, “Make Me.” The two-disc album will be released Nov. 17, Associated Press reports.

“Number Ones” spans the pop star’s career from her 1986 debut, “Control,” to last year’s “Discipline.” Miss Jackson’s last greatest-hits album was released in 1995.

The singer, 43, is working on an autobiography and a new studio album set for release next year.

New da Vinci work?

A portrait of a girl belonging to a private collector may be a previously unrecognized work by Leonardo da Vinci, experts said Tuesday after a fingerprint appeared to match that of the Italian master.

According to Agence France-Presse, a Paris laboratory found the left-hand fingerprint on the work drawn in ink and chalk in January and established that it was “very similar” to one found on a da Vinci work in the Vatican, said laboratory director Jean Penicault.

The work belongs to Canadian-born collector Peter Silverman. Mr. Penicault said the findings were submitted to art historian Martin Kemp from Oxford University and that he considered it to be the work of the Italian Renaissance master.

Mr. Kemp speculated that the profile of the young girl whose hair hangs in a long single braid could be the portrait of Bianca Sforza, in the family of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan in the 15th century

The Lumiere Technology laboratory has been carrying out in-depth analysis since 2007 on the drawing, using carbon dating and infrared techniques to uncover the centuries-old fingerprint. Mr. Silverman purchased the work a few years ago and was told it only dated back to the early 19th century, AFP reports.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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