QUIT: Political columnist and Independent party candidate Arianna Huffington pulled out of the race to replace Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis, and then abruptly vowed to fight to keep him in office by opposing Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Huffington announced her turnabout Tuesday on CNN's "Larry King Live." Her decision effectively turns the Oct. 7 election into a face-off between the incumbent and the "Terminator" star, who is leading in the polls. On Wednesday, the New York Post also reported that former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is headed West to campaign for Schwarzenegger, and on Tuesday's "Today" show, former President George Bush endorsed Schwarzenegger, who had supported Bush in his unsuccessful bid to defeat Bill Clinton in 1992.
QUOTED: "I showed these pictures at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and somebody asked me, 'Did you paint all these?'" -- Author, actor and art collector Steve Martin, discussing Picasso, Hopper, Lichtenstein and others at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, as quoted by PEOPLE
SOLD: Elton John's gold silk curtains, silver salt-and-pepper shakers, leopard-skin furniture and 17th-century portraits went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London Tuesday as the musician, 56, cleared out his home to make way for more modern pieces. Total haul: more than $1.67 million, says AP.
OPERATED: Heavyset comedian Louie Anderson, 50, is recovering in an undisclosed Los Angeles-area hospital following two procedures to correct an unspecified heart problem, his agent tells the Associated Press. The agent declined to disclose other details or say what kind of medical attention Anderson received, but confirmed the ailment was "definitely his heart" (but not a heart attack). Anderson's recovery period remains unclear, and his tour schedule has been canceled for the next several weeks.
CONVICTED: Rapper C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in the nightclub shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Louisiana, according to AP. The charge carries an automatic life sentence. Relatives of C-Murder (who is the younger brother of rapper Percy Miller Jr., who is known as Master P), began sobbing as the verdict was read and were escorted out of the courtroom. Women were heard screaming in the hallway outside.
BITTEN: Police in Brownwood, Texas, say a man was bitten by a rattlesnake while shopping for shoes in the local Wal-Mart, reports AP. Douglas Hatchett, 31, was examining shoes on a rack when the slithering reptile (which was concealed behind a shoebox) bit him. The snake reportedly fell to the floor, where Hatchett stomped it to death. Emergency medical crews were summoned to the scene, and the shopper and the dead snake were hustled to a hospital, where the snake was confirmed as a rattler, and Hatchett was treated and released. Wal-Mart officials say the matter is being investigated.