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Felony reduced to misdemeanor, Lohan released on $75,000 bail

Making news for all the wrong reasons, actress Lindsay Lohan was once again greeted by well-wishers as she earned release from a Los Angeles county jail after filing a $75,000 bail this Friday night.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 99, New Jersey 92

Newark, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant pumped in 32 points and Lamar Odom added 22 Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-92 victory over New Jersey.

Bryant distributed six assists, Odam pulled down seven rebounds and Pau Gasol chipped in with 15 points and 11 boards for the Lakers, who won for the second time in three games on their current road trip.

Derek Fisher contributed 10 points for the victors.

New Jersey, which dropped its seventh straight, got 25 points and nine rebounds from Brook Lopez while Kris Humphries added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

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Marathoner makes Guinness book

Corona, Calif. -- A Southern California woman has set a record for competing in the most marathons in one year, officials say.

Guinness World Records lauded 52-year-old Yolanda Holder from Corona, Calif., with its title of most marathons completed in one year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She power walked through 101 races this year breaking the previous record set in 2002 by an Italian who competed in 100 marathons.

Holder says she has put out $25,000 on travel, accommodations and entry fees, and simply trying to arrange a schedule for herself can be daunting, the newspaper said Saturday.

'Red Dead' wins 4 Spike video game awards

Los Angeles -- The Wild West shoot-em-up "Red Dead Redemption" was named Game of the Year at the Spike TV annual "Video Game Awards" in Los Angeles.

The game produced by Rockstar Games picked up four awards Saturday night, including Best Song, and was nominated in nine award categories.
"Mass Effect 2" took three awards, including "Best Xbox 360 Game" and Best Studio for its developer, BioWare."

Spike TV said in a written statement the awards show at the Los Angeles Convention Center also was the venue for the public premier of 13 new games, including "Portal 2," which was named "Most Anticipated Game" of the year.

Richie, Madden, marry in Los Angeles

Los Angeles -- Nicole Richie, daughter of music superstar Lionel Richie, has married rocker Joel Madden, the father of her two children, in Los Angeles.

Richie, 29, and Madden, 31, tied the knot Saturday at her father's estate with about 130 close family and friends, People magazine reported.

"They wanted an Old Hollywood, glamorous feel to their wedding," a source told People. "They're going all-out with the decor. Nicole wanted a memorable, elegant affair for only their closest friends and family on their special day."

Seen entering the grounds was a trained elephant, although it wasn't known what, if any, role it played in the ceremony.

'Glee' cast silenced by tonsillitis

Los Angeles -- Some cast members of Fox Television's hit show "Glee" were diagnosed with tonsillitis in Los Angeles, forcing cancellation of production, officials said.

Among the ill was Dianna Agron, who plays the show's head cheerleader, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The illnesses forced cancellation of Friday's taping and cast members who remained healthy got the day off.

Agron, Tweeting from her bed, said: "Note to self. Should have gotten a flu shot. In bed, hoping that medicine, soup, my computer and a marathon of movies will be the cure."

Cast member Lea Michele was in higher spirits, tweeting: "What a beautiful relaxing day! Went on an awesome hike and just (got) a massage! So happy it's the weekend!"

German unmasked in 'Operation Spiderman'

Los Angeles -- Inspectors in Los Angeles say "Operation Spiderman" ended with the arrest of a German man who allegedly mailed hundreds of live tarantulas to the United States.

Sven Koppler, 37, Watchberg, Germany, was picked up shortly after arriving in Los Angeles to meet with an association, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.

Koppler was charged with violating animal-smuggling laws and ordered to appear in federal court Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors said in a written statement that Koppler allegedly twice shipped boxes packed with between 250 and 300 live spiders from Germany to Los Angeles. The discovery of one of the shipments during a routine inspection of international mail sparked the undercover operation dubbed "Operation Spiderman."

Possible Chasen slay suspect kills self

Los Angeles -- A man suspected of being involved in the slaying of celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen shot himself at a Hollywood hotel Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times said.

Citing two law enforcement sources it did not identify, the newspaper said the man took his own life as Beverly Hills, Calif., police were attempting to serve a search warrant around 6 p.m. PST.

Chasen was shot multiple times Nov. 16 as she was driving home from a party celebrating the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie musical "Burlesque."

The Los Angeles Times said its police sources did not disclose the identity of the man who killed himself Wednesday or his connection to the Chasen case.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

'Bone,' 'Kids' earn Spirit Award nods

Los Angeles -- "127 Hours," "Black Swan" and "Winter's Bone" were nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for best feature in Los Angeles Tuesday.

"Greenberg" and "The Kids Are All Right" also earned nods for the top film prize.

In the running for the best director title are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Lisa Cholodenko for "The Kids Are All Right," Debra Granik for "Winter's Bone" and John Cameron Mitchell for "Rabbit Hole."

Nominated for the best first feature prize are "Everything Strange and New," "Get Low," "The Last Exorcism," "Night Catches Us" and "Tiny Furniture."

Cards gets infielder Theriot from Dodgers

St. Louis -- The St. Louis Cardinals have obtained infielder Ryan Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Blake Hawksworth, the teams said Tuesday.

Theriot, 30, was with the Dodgers for the final two months of the 2010 season after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs, for whom he played 5 1/2 years.

Theriot batted 270 with 20 stolen bases in 150 games last season. His best year was 2008, during which he batted .307 with a .387 on-base percentage in 149 games for the Cubs.

"Ryan is a perfect compliment to our roster," Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. "He's a highly competitive player with a winning approach to the game. We expect him to be a key contributor to our middle infield."