Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their mansion in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage.

Shriver has been living apart from the actor-turned-politician for the past few weeks. The couple confirmed the separation in a joint statement released Monday after questions were raised by the Los Angeles Times.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the statement said. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."

The couple said they are "continuing to parent our four children together" and asked for privacy, compassion and respect from the media and the public.

Since Schwarzenegger left office in January, Shriver has worked on her women's empowerment website, guest-edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine and promoted causes such as Alzheimer's research. The former governor, 63, has signed on to star in three films, including another installment in the "Terminator" series.

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PBS to air Guthrie's 'Pinafore'

The Guthrie ship is setting sail for a wider audience. The Minneapolis theater's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" will air nationally this fall on PBS as part of a new nine-part arts festival spotlighting outstanding regional work. The musical, directed by Guthrie head Joe Dowling, opens June 18 and runs through Aug. 28. The broadcast date has not been announced. Twin Cities Public Television will produce the special. Other participants in the festival include Miami City Ballet, the LA Opera and the San Francisco Ballet.

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BANK SHOT

The family of billiards great Willie Mosconi is selling his beloved pool cue, a personal pool table and other memorabilia at a weekend auction. A Pennsylvania auction house handling the sale said Mosconi's famed Balabushka cue could bring $100,000 at the sale in Chicago. Mosconi won 15 straight world championships in the 1940s and '50s and made a record 526 straight shots at a two-day exhibition in 1954. Son Bill Mosconi of Philadelphia said the family no longer has room to store all of his father's keepsakes.

BACK IN TREATMENT

Whitney Houston is back in rehab. Kristen Foster, a representative for the singer, confirmed that Houston is in an outpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment. She said it is a voluntary measure and part of Houston's "long-standing" recovery process. It's unclear how long Houston will be in rehab or where she's being treated. Houston has been visible recently: Last week, she sang on stage with Chaka Khan during Prince's concert in Los Angeles.