Vienna's famed stallions put on diet

VIENNA - It seems that winter flab is not just a human problem: Austria's famed dancing stallions are being put on a diet.

The Spanish Riding School's Lippizaners are an ancient breed that has traditionally had more rounded forms than many others. But school head Elisabeth Guertler said this week some have piled on the pounds over winter, so "our horses must become skinnier."

Part of the problem appears to be too many winter snacks from stable attendants. The school says the white stallions' fodder is now being evaluated by a nutritionist, and the horses will be weighed twice a year. The average weight of a Lipizzaner is 1,150 pounds.

The horses are trained to perform intricate routines in harmony with music.

Netflix to show final season of 'Clone Wars'

SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix's Internet video service is coming to the rescue of "Star Wars" fans left in limbo by the abrupt cancellation of "The Clone Wars," an animated television series that embellishes the lore of the Jedi Order and Sith Lords.

The sixth and final season of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will be shown exclusively to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada beginning March 7.

The resurrection of "The Clone Wars" will finish the story that was still unresolved when Time Warner Inc.'s Cartoon Network cancelled the series following the fifth season. .

Netflix's video-streaming service also gained the exclusive rights to the director's cut of previous seasons in "The Clone Wars."

'Big Russ & Me' to be reissued in May

NEW YORK - Tim Russert isn't around to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Big Russ & Me," his best-seller about his dad. But Russert's son, Luke, is stepping in.

Weinstein Books announced that an anniversary edition of "Big Russ" is set for a May release and features a new preface by Luke Russert. The book tells of Tim Russert's childhood in a working-class neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., and the life lessons he received from his father. "Big Russ" also will come out as an e-book for the first time.

Tim Russert, the longtime political analyst and host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died in 2008. Luke Russert is a correspondent for NBC News.

Associated Press