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NEWS LITE : NAMES IN THE NEWS HEARTTHROB SUES OVER NUDE PHOTOS.

Leonardo DiCaprio sued Playgirl magazine Thursday to keep it from publishing nude pictures of him in its July issue.

The ``Titanic'' star is the second Hollywood heartthrob to be the subject of a photo spread in the publication in a year.

Brad Pitt sued the New York-based magazine in July to keep it from publishing 2-year-old pictures of him in the buff. A Los Angeles judge later barred the company from sending out any more copies.

DiCaprio, 23, says he found out the magazine planned to publish nude photos of him a little more than a week ago. The publication's editor has refused repeated requests to identify the source of the pictures or let him look at the photos.

The 21-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress, and for injunctive relief.

Attempts to reach representatives for the magazine and DiCaprio were unsuccessful.

DiCaprio, who was passed over for an Oscar nomination for his role in the record-breaking film ``Titanic,'' says in the suit that publication of the photos would be ``offensive and objectionable'' and that a ``reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities (would) not want to disclose in a nationally published magazine . . . his completely naked body, including full frontal nudity.''

DiCaprio says the magazine has failed to confirm whether the company disseminated the photos to its distributors, printers or vendors. The photos reportedly were taken on the set of an upcoming film.

Canada to bestow high honor on Dion

As if wearing the ``Titanic'' necklace wasn't enough, Celine Dion has a new honor.

The Quebec native will be made an officer in the Order of Canada, Gov. Romeo LeBlanc said Thursday.

The honor goes to those who exemplify ``the highest qualities of citizenship'' by making contributions that ``enrich the lives of their contemporaries,'' he said. She will receive the insignia May 1.

The bejeweled Dion sang ``My Heart Will Go On'' at the Academy Awards on Monday.

Imelda would give poor voters millions

In a refreshingly candid presidential campaign promise, Imelda Marcos on Thursday vowed to distribute among poor Filipinos more than $800 million of her own dough stashed in foreign banks if elected to the nation's highest office.

``If you know how rich you are, you are not rich,'' said the widow of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos. ``But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.''

Her husband, who died in 1989, was accused of making off with $10 billion from the national treasury before being overthrown in 1986. The government has tracked down $540 million of it, but Imelda said the $800 million she's talking about is not part of the discovered amount.

``There is more Marcos wealth that this government is not aware of . . . kept in various international banks, but I cannot reveal them.'' she said.

George gets last word in `Seinfeld' swan song

Jerry and Elaine will spend the last episode of ``Seinfeld'' in a chapel, but will that mean marriage for the couple?

Producers won't say. They will say George will have the last word on the much-awaited last episode of the quirky NBC sitcom about the lives of four self-obsessed New Yorkers. The last show is scheduled to air May 14.

Producers of the top-rated series told the Fox News Channel on Thursday that closing scenes will take place inside a chapel and a hospital interior where Newman, Jerry's nemesis, will be unconscious.

George gets the last line: ``So what am I going to do now?''

The show's star and creator Jerry Seinfeld announced in December that this would be the last year for the series.

During an interview on ``Fox on Entertainment,'' executive producers Andy Robin, Greg Kavet and supervising producer Spike Fiersten flipped through the script, which they said was the original copy of the last episode, but revealed little.

Seinfeld has previously said that Jerry and Elaine wouldn't get married.

The script had the names Bruce Kirshbaum and original co-producer Larry David on the cover, said Robert Zimmerman, a Fox spokesman.

News Lite is compiled by Karen Duffy from Daily News staff and wire reports.

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A crowd cheers as Roberta and Mark Griswold of Allen Park, Mich., kiss after more than 25 hours at the Breath Savers Longest Kiss Challenge in New York on Thursday. They later won the competition, at 29 hours, and a berth in the Guinness Book of Records.

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