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WEEK IN REVIEW: Madonna Pulls 'Life'

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MATERIAL DECISION: Four days before its scheduled VH1 premiere, Madonna, 44, decided to not to release her controversial “American Life” music video (from her upcoming CD of the same name) out of “sensitivity and respect” for armed forces in Iraq, “who I support and pray for,” she said in a statement. “It was filmed before the war started, and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time.” The video, which included scenes of battle and was shot in Los Angeles in February, reportedly featured Madonna in military garb on a fashion runway alongside camouflage-clad dancers.

CONTRITE COREY: Corey Clark, the “American Idol” finalist who faces trial next month on charges that he allegedly assaulted his sister last October and resisted arrest, apologized on the FOX talent show Tuesday night. “A story came out … about me, alleging that I had beaten up my 15-year-old sister and four police officers, and that I was endangering a child, my sister,” Clark said on videotape. “Basically, the charges they’re trying to bring against me I’m not guilty of at all.” Even so, FOX executives booted him off the show.

OZZY FRETS: Sharon Osbourne, 50, is “free of cancer” after her months of medical treatment, her husband, Ozzy told the weekly British rock magazine Kerrang! Not that she is out of danger, he added, voicing concerns over what the future might still hold for his wife, who received chemotherapy for colon cancer. “She’s got no cancer in her body now, they tell me — but there’s always a chance of it coming back,” says Osbourne, 54. “She’s doing great, but I must confess that I’m still worried about her.”

DAVE RATES: David Letterman, 55, returned to his “Late Show” after being waylaid for a month by a case of shingles, and he scored his second-highest ratings this season and his biggest victory over NBC late-night rival Jay Leno in three years. Monday’s Letterman show earned its highest rating since self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw joked with Dave on Feb. 17 — and allowed Letterman to better Leno’s “Tonight” show in overall ratings for the season.

CASH AND CARREY: Jim Carrey’s ex-wife, Melissa Carrey, has asked a Los Angeles court to increase the actor’s monthly support payments for their daughter Jane, 15, according to the Smoking Gun Web site. In court papers, the ex-Mrs. Carrey (the couple divorced in 1995) says that Jane, who wants to pursue a career in entertainment, must survive on $10,000 a month, which means that she cannot afford her own bodyguards, personal trainer or Pilates equipment. Jim Carrey’s camp could not be reached for comment, Reuters reported.