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October 22, 2008


Spears' case dismissed

Los Angeles - Britney Spears has a license to go free.

Jurors remained deadlocked 10-2 on whether she was guilty of driving without a valid California license Tuesday. A mistrial was declared, prosecutors said they wouldn't pursue the matter further - and Spears was spared a criminal record when the judge ultimately dismissed the case.

Ten of the 12 jurors favored outright acquittal for Spears, who never appeared in court. Her attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, declared victory and criticized prosecutors for bringing a "fix-it ticket" to trial because his client is famous.

Hulk Hogan's son out of jail after crash term

Clearwater, Fla. - The 18-year-old son of Hulk Hogan has been released from jail in Florida after serving five months for causing a serious traffic crash.

Nick Bollea was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday morning. He had pleaded no contest in May to causing the crash.

Bollea was arrested last year after authorities say he sped on a busy street and crashed his father's car, leaving a friend and former Marine permanently disabled.

Bollea could have faced five years in prison, but the victim's family requested a lesser sentence.

Gillian Anderson gives birth to a son in London

New York - Gillian Anderson, star of "The X-Files" TV series and movies, and her boyfriend Mark Griffiths are the parents of a baby boy named Felix.

Anderson's manager, Connie Freiberg, said the baby was born Oct. 15 in London. Felix is the second child for Anderson, 40, and Griffiths, a British businessman. Their son Oscar will be 2 years old next month.

Freiberg said Anderson didn't name the boys after characters from "The Odd Couple."

"She's never even seen the show. She had no idea," Freiberg said Tuesday. "I brought it up to her, and it really doesn't sink in."

Freiberg said Anderson, who has a 14-year-old daughter Piper from her marriage to production designer Clyde Klotz, is "happy as you can be."

3 men sue Lindsay Lohan over wild ride

Santa Monica, Calif. - A wild ride that led to Lindsay Lohan's arrest has sparked another lawsuit.

Court records show that three men who claim they were in a sport utility vehicle that Lohan commandeered in July 2007 sued the "Mean Girls" star last week. Their allegations include battery, false imprisonment and that the actress was negligent when she allegedly took over one of the men's SUV to chase her recently fired assistant.

That chase ended when the assistant's mother called police because she was being followed and led Lohan toward a police station. Officers suspected Lohan was drunk and arrested her.


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