SYDNEY — Oprah Winfrey joined 300 audience members Wednesday in Australia, where they were flown for an action-packed adventure including encounters with kangaroos, surfing lessons and a journey to the remote and dusty Outback. In September, Winfrey surprised her audience with one of her biggest giveaways: an eight-day trip to Australia. Audience members were hand-picked by Winfrey’s staffers, who considered them the most loyal viewers of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI says it recently issued an alert about a popular Barbie doll with a hidden video camera that could be used to produce child pornography, but the agency stressed that the toy has not been linked to any reported crimes. FBI spokesman Steve Dupre said Tuesday that the alert last month was meant only for law enforcement agencies to advise them not to overlook Mattel’s “Barbie Video Girl” during any searches.
By MICHELLE ALEJANDRA BOOTH
NEW YORK — The manager behind the Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync and the Jonas Brothers is looking online for his next pop act. On Wednesday, Johnny Wright will begin accepting video auditions worldwide from aspiring musicians ages 16 to 30. The field will be winnowed down through challenges and a boot camp in Los Angeles. A final band will be chosen in June 2011.