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Monday, September 01, 2014 - Updated: 10:36 AM

Joan Rivers' family is still hopeful

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed," her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement, thanking people who have expressed support for the 81-year-old comedian. Rivers on Friday described her mother's condition as serious.

Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a day after she spoke at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York. Spectators there said she had appeared to be well.

Rivers is the host of "Fashion Police" on E! and presides over an online talk show, "In Bed With Joan." She also co-stars with her daughter on the WEtv reality show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

Two of her "Fashion Police" co-stars tweeted their well-wishes to Joan Rivers and her family Saturday.

"Praying for Joan Rivers and Mel Rivers," Giuliana Rancic tweeted. "Even though Joan's the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan."

"4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight!" Kelly Osbourne wrote. "I encourage U 2 do the same 4 Joan Rivers my grandma."

Celebrity chef charged with DWI

SOUTHAMPTON (AP) -- Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

Police in Southampton said English was arrested Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island. He made a court appearance later in the day, and authorities said he posted $1,500 bail.

The circumstances of the arrest were unavailable.

English's lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said they "adamantly deny the allegations" and "look forward to addressing this matter in a court of law."

The chef, whose full name is William Todd English, is the creative force behind a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs and Fish Club. He also has been a regular on television programs including "Iron Chef USA."

English has written several cookbooks and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine.

In September 2009, his former fiancee was charged with assault, and authorities accused her of hitting him with a metal wrist watch, leaving him needing multiple stitches. The couple had been scheduled to get married, but English called the wedding off.

A judge in January 2010 closed the case without prison or probation based on her going through anger management and performing community service.

Wonka factory had vanilla fudge room

LONDON (AP) -- An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released -- 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.

The fifth chapter, from a 1961 draft, describes an extra room in the factory called the "Vanilla Fudge Room," which features a "colossal jagged mountain" made of fudge. The draft also featured more children, and showed that Charlie originally went into the factory with his mother, not his grandfather.

The chapter was published in the Guardian newspaper Saturday with the permission of the Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd., an organization that manages his legacy.

The book, which follows young Charlie Bucket's adventures inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, has sold millions of copies and inspired several film versions and a West End musical.

Fire destroys house on Clancy estate

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Authorities say two boys have been charged with setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied house on the Maryland estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a statement on Friday that the two-story, wood-frame house in Huntingtown was burned on Aug. 22. Officials say a passer-by saw the fire and called 911.

No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $149,000.

The fire marshal says an investigation led them to two youths, ages 12 and 14. Authorities say the boys ignited combustible materials in the living room before leaving the property.

They are charged with arson and have been released to their parents.

Clancy is the author of such military thrillers as "The Hunt for Red October." He died last year.

     

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