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Lawyer's Request Stirs Up Speculation About Talk Show Deals

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- There's speculation the balloon boy's parents could have talk show appearances or other deals in the works after a Colorado judge agreed to allow the couple to travel to New York and California to explore "employment opportunities."

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty yesterday to charges they whipped up the tale of their 6-year-old son adrift in a runaway balloon last month.

Their guilty pleas could mean jail time for the couple that has twice appeared on the ABC show "Wife Swap."

At least one New York-based production company has ruled out a project with the amateur storm chasers, labeling the situation "too poisonous."

A lawyer for Richard Heene says the couple won't make any public comment at least until their sentencing late next month.


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