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• The "designer dog house" that Paris Hilton had built recently—which is equipped with chandeliers and air-conditioning—cost her $325K, or considerably more than what most Americans spends on human homes. [Luxist]
Rosie O'Donnell and her partner Kelli Carpenter-O'Donnell are not splitting up, you'll undoubtedly be relieved to hear. [People]
• Kristin Davis of Sex and the City fame has found herself caught up in a dispute over Middle Eastern politics. You didn't expect to hear that, did you? [P6]
• Did MSNBC's Keith Olbermann use some pull to snag his girlfriend a job working as a reporter for WNBC? It wouldn't be the first time! [P6]

• Paula Abdul's departure from American Idol supposedly took many of the show's staffers by surprise. So what's she going to do next? Joining the cast of the View remains a possibility, apparently. [MSNBC, E!]
• Related: Victoria Beckham will make a "one-off appearance" as a guest judge on Idol this season, according to her publicist. [People]
• Mischa Barton missed the birthday party for one of her fellow cast members of The Beautiful Life. Now that can't be a good sign, can it? [P6]
• Oprah is being sued by some nut in the Bronx for one trillion dollars. [NE]
• Chris Brown was supposed to be sentenced yesterday; instead, the judge in the case elected to postpone it until the end of the month. [NYDN]
• Kevin Federline is getting paid a bunch of cash to lose weight. [Radar]
• Mark-Paul Gosselaar of Saved by the Bell is coming to off-Broadway. [NYDN]
• Leighton Meester is denying she took part in a sex tape. [Us]
• Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Hoefflin, may be the craziest figure to emerge from the craziest case ever. [TDB]
True Blood costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are engaged. [Us]
• Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are expecting a son next month. [People]
Chelsea Clinton and her boyfriend were spotted eating at Morandi. [P6]