THE Duchess of York, the former Sarah Ferguson, has spoken publicly about the possibility of hosting an American television talk show but said her children would come first.

"There's a lot of talk about it, but my babies are the most important thing in my life," she said during an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. British newspapers have reported she has negotiated a $4.8 million Hollywood deal which could rise as high as $20 million if she meets television rating targets.

Women in Ontario may bare their breasts in public as long as the act is not considered sexual, a Canadian court ruled.

The Court of Appeal has thrown out the conviction of Gwen Jacobs who was charged with committing an indecent act when she walked topless down a street in Guelph, west of Toronto, on a hot summer day in 1991.

Judith Campbell Exner, who claims to have been John F. Kennedy's mistress, says he made her pregnant in 1962 and that Mafia boss Sam Giancana helped arrange for an abortion in Chicago, according to syndicated columnist Liz Smith.

The article in next month's Vanity Fair says Exner (now 63) is dying of breast cancer.

Michael Jackson arrived in Japan yesterday to the cheers of thousands of fans waiting for him at Tokyo Airport.

During his fifth visit to Japan, Jackson is to stage concerts for four days at the 56,000 capacity Tokyo Dome, and two in Fukuoka on Japan's southern island of Kyushu.

Jackson is in Japan without Debbie Rowe, the friend who he said last month had become pregnant with his child.