It appears the fallout from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the US is affecting even the Jamai-can bobsled team, ever a popular attraction in the Winter Olympics. With international air travel falling off, many of their customary sponsors are hard-pressed to deliver expected financial support or have cut it entirely. So the Jamaicans still need about $30,000 just to send enough athletes for the two-man and two-woman races at the 2002 games in Utah. Alas, entering the four-person races appears beyond reach at this point.


Oh, and speaking of sleds, from London comes word that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has lost his customary place of pride in Harrod's Christmas preparations. For the first time in memory, the upscale department store will use a carriage rather than a sleigh to symbolize the annual gift distribution by the bearded fellow in the red suit. And it'll be pulled by horses. Reason: Britain still is adjusting to last spring's foot-and-mouth disease ordeal, and there are import restrictions on animals with cloven - i.e., split - hooves, such as reindeer.

Alien and ghost tales lure Americans to movie theaters

"K-Pax," starring Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey as a possible visitor from space, took in $17.5 million to debut as the most watched new movie last weekend. Coming in second: "13 Ghosts," the Halloween horror remake, which grossed $15.7 million, according to studio estimates. Top-grossing releases Oct. 26-28, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations Inc. (in millions):

"K-Pax" $17.5

"13 Ghosts" 15.7

"From Hell" 6.1

"Riding in Cars With Boys" 6.0

"Training Day" 5.1

"Bandits" 5.0

"Serendipity" 3.9

"The Last Castle" 3.7

"Bones" 2.95

"Corky Romano" 2.90

- Associated Press

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