Eminem’s childhood home up for auction

DETROIT — The childhood home of rapper Eminem has gone up for auction in Detroit.

The Detroit News reported that the small, single-family house on the city’s northeast side is listed on a state website. No price was given for the 747-square-foot home.

Public records show the home was listed as the address of Eminem’s mother, Deborah Mathers, from 1989 to 2003.

The newspaper says a past owner listed it on eBay for $500,000 but received no bids. A real estate website shows it sold for $24,650 in 2007.

The home is listed by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.

Magic offers program for at-risk youths

CHICAGO — Earvin “Magic” Johnson is getting a little help from Chicago rapper Common for his newest off-court endeavor.

The former NBA star launched his “Friends of Magic” initiative this week. The idea is to help at-risk students, including dropouts, graduate from high school.

Johnson, Common and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the event at Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy in Chicago.

An emotional Johnson spoke after listening to a student who has had success in the academy’s programs.

Johnson said he’s trying to give back and felt gratified by his organization’s work. The academy contracts with Chicago Public Schools to help dropouts.

Prince Harry spends night in cold chamber

LONDON — Prince Harry has spent the night in a giant freezer to simulate the conditions he will face when he treks to the South Pole in November.

The 29-year-old royal, who will race with a team of injured British servicemen and women against groups from the United States and the Commonwealth, spent around 20 hours in a cold chamber where he was subjected to temperatures of -35 Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit), with wind speeds of 45 miles per hour.

Alongside four teammates — all amputees who lost limbs after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan — Harry tested the clothing he will wear on the 200-mile (320-kilometer) expedition and learned how to avoid frostbite.

When asked this week what the worst part of his overnight experience was, Harry joked: “Going in.”

Associated Press