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LONDON (AP) – Keith Richards had surgery in New Zealand to relieve pressure in his head following a fall, his representative said.

The Rolling Stones guitarist was “up and talking” soon after surgery Monday at The Ascot Hospital in Auckland, but was expected to take several weeks to recuperate, LD Communications said in a statement issued in London.

“Last week Keith was under observation in Auckland following a fall in Fiji and was feeling well after being examined by doctors last week,” the statement, issued Monday, said. “However after complaining of headaches yesterday, doctors thought it prudent to move ahead with a small operation to remove the pressure.”

The Stones’ “A Bigger Bang European” tour, which had been scheduled to start in Barcelona, Spain, later this month, will be postponed until June, the agency said.

Richards, 62, suffered the injury April 27, but details have not been confirmed. News reports have variously claimed that he fell out of a palm tree or from a jet ski.

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NEW YORK (AP) – When Maggie Gyllenhaal caused a stir with comments about the U.S. role in the Sept. 11 attacks, she was particularly concerned about the opinions of two people – Port Authority Officer William J. Jimeno and his wife, Allison.

The 28-year-old actress says she was ready to drop out of Oliver Stone’s upcoming “World Trade Center” film if the couple didn’t accept her explanation.

“I wanted to tell them the absolute truth of what I meant,” Gyllenhaal said of her visit to their home following her comments last year.

“If they still didn’t want me to play Allison after that, then I wouldn’t have,” she said in an interview published Monday in the New York Post.

The movie, also starring Nicolas Cage, is based on the story of two Port Authority police officers, Jimeno and Sgt. John McLoughlin, who became trapped during rescue efforts after the collapse of the twin towers.

In April 2005, Gyllenhaal said the United States “is responsible in some way” for the attacks. She later said that she regretted the comment and issued a statement saying that Sept. 11 was “an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America’s role in the world.”

The couple told the Post that a long talk with Gyllenhaal in their Chester, N.J., home last summer smoothed over any concerns they might have had.

“Right away, both Will and I felt comfortable with her and realized how sincere and passionate she is. We had no problem with her in this movie,” said Allison Jimeno, 34.

Gyllenhaal recalled her nervousness as she traveled to the couple’s home. “I was shaking,” she said.

The native New Yorker’s film credits include “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Secretary” and “Donnie Darko,” co-starring her brother, Jake Gyllenhaal.

She is engaged to Peter Sarsgaard and is pregnant with his child.

Michael Pena stars as William Jimeno in the film, which is set for release Aug. 9.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Adam Sandler is now a real-life “Big Daddy.”

Sandler’s wife, Jackie, gave birth to the couple’s first child, according to a posting on the comedian’s Web site.

Under the headline “Sandler had a kid!!” he writes, “Kid is healthy!! Wife is healthy!!” No other details were provided.

People magazine reported the couple had a daughter, born Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In an e-mail, Sandler’s publicist, Cindy Guagenti, declined to confirm the report and referred to the Web site, saying, “All the info we are releasing is on adamsandler.com.”

Sandler, 39, and Jackie, 31, were married in 2003. She is a model and actress who appeared briefly in Sandler’s 1999 film, “Big Daddy.”

Sandler, a former regular on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” has starred in films such as “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Punch-Drunk Love.” His next movie, “Click,” is set for release June 23.

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