Domingo back on stage after cancer surgery

MILAN – A beaming Placido Domingo blew a kiss at the adoring crowd after his heroic portrayal of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” Friday night, the Spanish tenor’s first performance since cancer surgery 45 days ago.

The applause went on for 14 minutes, mixed with a scattering of boos for conductor Daniel Barenboim.

The 69-year-old Spanish tenor underwent colon cancer surgery just six weeks ago.

He acknowledges he put off getting a routine colonoscopy for years.

Doctors in New York removed the cancerous tissue on March 2, and Domingo counts himself lucky because they got it early enough.

“My biggest triumph ever is the one over illness,” Domingo said earlier this week, acknowledging fear that his career could have been over.

Actress and husband charged with marriage fraud

LOS ANGELES – Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero has had bit parts in such movies as the horror film “Drag Me to Hell,” but federal prosecutors say her biggest act was pretending to be a bride.

The 28-year-old actress and her husband were arrested Friday at their separate Los Angeles homes and charged with marriage fraud, the U.S. attorney’s office said. They contend Romero paid Kent Ross, 28, to marry her in 2005 so that she could become a U.S. resident.

Authorities said the two never lived together and Romero, whose full name is Maria Fernanda Romero Martinez, submitted phony documents with her residency application.

An investigation began after Romero’s ex-boyfriend, fashion photographer Markus Klinko, told immigration authorities her marriage was a sham.

The couple started dating after Romero and Ross were married.

If convicted, Romero and Ross could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.

Romero moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 to study fashion design, according to her Web site.

Rocker and actress engaged

LOS ANGELES – Christina Applegate is engaged to marry musician Martyn Lenoble.

Applegate’s publicist, Ame Van Iden, said Friday that the couple of two years became betrothed on Valentine’s Day.

This will be the second marriage for both the actress and the Dutch rocker. No wedding date has been set.

Applegate’s recent credits include TV’s “Samantha Who?” She is set to appear with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in the film “Going the Distance,” due this summer.

Lenoble is a founding member of the rock group Porno for Pyros.

Jay-Z sues Papi over club name

NEW YORK – Jay-Z and a business partner are suing baseball star David Ortiz, claiming the Boston Red Sox player named his Dominican nightclub after the hip hop mogul’s chain of 40/40 nightclubs.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a federal court in Manhattan, accuses Ortiz and his sister of naming their Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rapper’s name.

The suit seeks more than $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the name.

Jay-Z, a Yankees fan who performed at the team’s World Series victory parade last year, opened his original 40/40 club in Manhattan with business partner Juan Perez in 2003.

The pair subsequently opened up 40/40 clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and have licensed the name to operators in Tokyo and Macau.