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Jenna Bush outs her mom as a 'secret Rastafarian'

What does former first lady Laura Bush have on her iPod? The answer may surprise you.

"My mom's a secret Rastafarian" who plays Bob Marley around the house, her daughter Jenna Bush Hager says in an interview scheduled to air today on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Appearing on the show with her sister Barbara and mom Laura, who was promoting her new memoir "Spoken From the Heart," Jenna explains what a typical night at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas, is like. There's the music (the family also listens to old country songs, Jenna says), family activities and plenty of food.

"We don't really cook dinner if I'm gonna be honest," Jenna says. "Somebody cooks dinner and we sit around and we talk and we laugh and we do puzzles and we get in bed by 9 o'clock."

Effects of blackmail case hard to judge

Former CBS producer Robert "Joe" Halderman is about to go to jail for trying to blackmail David Letterman .

The former "48 Hours Mystery" producer is expected to start his six-month term today after admitting to the shakedown plot in March. He pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny.

Halderman threatened to ravage Letterman's congenial, clean-cut image by revealing the late-night TV icon's office affairs.

Instead, Letterman blunted the $2 million blackmail threat by confessing on his show. His viewership hasn't suffered.

But celebrity lawyers and image-makers say it's unclear whether the case will function as a cautionary tale that deters future shakedowns. They say many stars would rather handle such matters privately than press charges that would air their dirty laundry.

Country singer reveals she's gay

Country singer Chely Wright is the latest celebrity to come out.

Wright tells People she's gay and that nothing in her life has been more magical than the moment she decided to reveal her sexuality.

The 39-year-old says she experienced a community in which homosexuality was shunned and she "hid everything" for her music.

Wright is releasing her memoir, "Like Me," and her new album, "Lifted Off the Ground," this week.

An e-mail sent to Wright's record label wasn't immediately returned Monday.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Opera singer Roberta Peters , 80... country singer Stella Parton , 61... Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues), 60... country singer Randy Travis , 51 ... actor Will Arnett , 40... contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin , 38... singer Lance Bass , 31... actor Alexander Gould , 16.

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