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Aiken set to run for Congress

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Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.

Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County.

He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.

Walker estate

Court records show Paul Walker’s estate is worth an estimated $25 million and the actor appointed his father to manage his affairs upon his death.

The star’s will was filed Jan. 28 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The document was prepared in 2001, the same year that Walker helped launch the “Fast & Furious” film franchise that made him famous.

Walker’s mother is named as the guardian of her son’s 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

Live jump planned

Discovery Channel plans a live broadcast of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.

High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make the attempt in May, and Discovery announced Wednesday that it will be there to cover it.

The network will air a live two-hour broadcast showing the California native as he battles conditions on the way to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain, then takes the plunge. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 mph.

No date has been specified for the broadcast.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 57. Actress Kathy Najimy is 57. Singer Richie McDonald is 52. Vocalist Axl Rose is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48.

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