Sheryl Crow is trying to ride to the rescue of thousands of wild horses that roam the American West.
After campaigning for President Obama in 2008, the Grammy-winning singer has become a leading critic of his administration's plans to remove as many as 25,000 mustangs from the range and ship them to pastures in the Midwest and East.
"My main concern is that horse numbers not be dwindled down to where they can become extinct," Crow said.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Crow, 47, said the romantic symbols of the American West are being sacrificed, in part, because of ranchers' drive for land. She disputed the government's position that booming mustang numbers are threatening the horses with starvation, and harming arid rangelands and native wildlife.
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"I think there has to be a better way than taking them away from their native lands," she said.
"I feel so passionate about the issue because wild horses are one of the last remaining ties to the land as it was and our history in America."
Goodbye Hoff, hello Howie
Howie Mandel is replacing David Hasselhoff as one of the judges on NBC's "America's Got Talent." NBC executives confirmed the move Sunday. Mandel, who has been host of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," will be teamed with returning hosts Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan .
Jeter to wed?
Admirers of Yankees most eligible bachelor Derek Jeter could be cheering a World Series victory in November — then mourning his marriage a few days later.
The New York Post reports that the star shortstop and girlfriend Minka Kelly will be married Nov. 5 on Long Island.
Acting on a tip, a reporter posing as a bride-to-be spotted an entry reading "JETER wedding" on the calendar for the Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y. Sales manager Rick Bellando insisted that a celebrity wouldn't be listed under his real name.
Oheka Castle is the second-largest private residence in the United States and recently hosted the wedding of one of the Jonas Brothers.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer , 100... country singer Ray Price , 84... singer Glenn Yarborough , 80... The Amazing Kreskin , 75... rock musician Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone), 66... radio commentator Rush Limbaugh , 59... actress Kirstie Alley , 59... radio personality Howard Stern , 56... broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour , 52... actor Oliver Platt , 50 ... singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls), 36.