PETA pays Octomom $5,000 to advertise

LA HABRA, Calif. — It’s official. Octomom Nadya Suleman doesn’t want your dog or cat following in her footsteps.

As a front yard full of paparazzi cheered her on, Suleman unveiled a 3-foot-by-4-foot plastic sign Wednesday that reads: “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.”

“Turn left. Pose. Smile, Nadya,” photographers jockeying for position shouted as Suleman stood in front of the sign.

A few curious onlookers stopped to watch as a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals mascot (a person in a dog suit) gave her a hug.

PETA is paying Suleman $5,000 to keep the sign on her front door until June 9, when city officials say it must be removed. The organization is also throwing in a month’s supply of veggie hot dogs and burgers for her and her 14 children.

Suleman, 34, acknowledged she put the sign on her door partly for the money but added her support of PETA is sincere.

“I love animals and I do believe they should be spayed or neutered,” she said. “Humans, of course, are much different.”

Suleman already had six kids when she gave birth 16 months ago to octuplets conceived by in vitro fertilization.

Penn: Haiti’s hospitals need immediate help

WASHINGTON — Actor Sean Penn said Wednesday the biggest challenge facing post-quake Haiti is getting hospitals staffed and supplied during its current rainy season and ahead of the upcoming hurricane season.

Penn, who co-founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization shortly after the earthquake and has pitched in at camps for survivors, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the problem requires “immediate attention” and shouldn’t be held up by bureaucratic disagreements.

“In many cases, the bureaucracy of international aid is protecting people to death,” Penn said, noting that several hospitals have closed because they have been over-scrutinized and under-supported.

The disaster killed some 230,000 to 300,000 people and displaced more than 1 million.

“I come here today in the hope that we will address with bold clarity the razor’s edge upon which Haiti lies,” Penn said.

Preston confirms pregnancy

LOS ANGELES — John Travolta and Kelly Preston are having a baby.

The couple released a statement on their websites Tuesday saying that they “are expecting a new addition to our family.”

Travolta’s publicist, Paul Bloch, confirmed Wednesday that Preston is pregnant.

The 47-year-old actress and 56-year-old actor have a daughter, Ella, who is 10. The couple’s son, Jett, died last year at age 16. The family’s two dogs were killed Thursday in an accident at Maine’s Bangor International Airport.

CBS stands by its ‘Men’ contract for Sheen

NEW YORK — CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler on Wednesday defended “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen’s lucrative new contract, saying the network was thrilled he was coming back to the show, despite the actor’s well-publicized personal travails.

In February, Sheen voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation facility. In July, he is set to go on trial in Colorado on domestic violence charges.

Nevertheless, earlier this week, Warner Bros. Television extended Sheen’s contract for two more seasons at an estimated rate of $1.2 million per episode, making him one of the highest-paid actors in television.


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