Buzz Bites -- 11/3/2008: Carrie Underwood Belatedly Apologizes For Implying Tony Romo Has A Gigantic Crush On Her

+ Country singer Carrie Underwood is sorry she led the world to believe that Jessica Simpson's beau (and Underwood's ex) Tony Romo still has her on speed dial. "I would never mean to say anything to hurt anybody or stir up anything, because I'm just not about drama ... at all," said the American Idol winner, who then reinforced her point by privately apologizing to Jess publicly asking for Jess' forgiveness in the current issue of Elle.

+ Who knew that The Hills gals were also Halloween queens?! Check out Lauren Conrad's tribute to 1920's glam, plus admire Audrina Patridge's ability to show her true colors. (Remote Control)

+ Sultry come-hither stare? Check. Flowy white negligee? Check. Perfectly wind-blown hair? Check. Britney Spears, looking smokin' H-A-W-T on the cover of her new album, Circus? Checkmate. (Newsroom)

+ And speaking of Britney's new look, you won't want to miss these pics of the singer on Halloween. (Just Jared)

+ Like Fat Joe before him, Barack Obama thinks brothers should "pull up their pants." And, presumably, do the rock-away. (MTV News)

+ And, in sadder news, Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died today at the age of 86. Obama, who recently suspended his campaign to spend time at her bedside, issued a joint statement with his sister calling Dunham "the cornerstone of our family." (Reuters)

+ Actress Jennifer Hudson joined 100 celebrity friends (like Oprah, Missy Elliott and Fantasia) and family members in mourning for her mother, brother and nephew at a private memorial service in Chicago this morning. (E! Online)

+ Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard got stung by a scorpion twice ... and lived to tell about it. (Spinner)

+ Meanwhile, despite what those crazy Brits (and Perez Hilton) would have you believe, rapper Lil Wayne was not involved in a crazy gang-related gunfight last weekend. In fact the rapper's alive and well. And, apparently, bitching about how music these days is soooo uninspired. (NME)