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Nicole Richie in DUI arrest

BURBANK, Calif. — Nicole Richie was arrested early Monday for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers took Richie, 25, into custody without incident after she failed a field sobriety test, CHP Officer Todd Workman said.

Her Mercedes SUV was stopped in the carpool lane of State Highway 134 when officers arrived.

Authorities said they received 911 calls about a car going the wrong way on the freeway and the car matched the description of Richie's.

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Richie, star of TV's "The Simple Life" and daughter of singer Lionel Richie, was booked in Glendale, tested for drugs and released later Monday morning, Workman said. He said the results of the drug test hadn't been determined.

Judge dismisses Love's drug charges

LOS ANGELES — Sobbing with joy, Courtney Love thanked a judge Monday after he terminated her probation and dismissed three misdemeanor cases, including two drug-related charges.

"Thank you for not taking me into custody," Love told Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin. "You've been a good, fair judge. Sorry for crying."

In September 2005, Love was sentenced to 180 days at a drug treatment facility for violating probation in the cases — one for illegal possession of painkillers, one for being under the influence of a controlled substance in public, and another for assault and battery.

"Early on in this case, Ms. Love, I think you came very close to coming into custody," Rubin said. "I think you've done very well. You've shown to me you are interested in a much less destructive lifestyle."

The judge also dismissed a protective order musician Kristin King had against Love, the 42-year-old widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.

Love pleaded no contest in February 2005 to misdemeanor assault involving King and was sentenced to three years' probation. She also paid King $2,705 in restitution. "I have a feeling they will stay away from each other," Rubin said.

Prince to perform at Super Bowl

NEW YORK — McCartney, Jagger and now Prince.

For the third year in a row, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act will headline the Super Bowl halftime entertainment. This time it's Prince.

The Purple One, winner of six Grammy Awards and nominated for five more this year, will play at the game in Miami on Feb. 4.

The Super Bowl, which will be televised by CBS, is annually television's highest-rated show. An estimated 141 million people watched last year's game between Pittsburgh and Seattle.

The Rolling Stones headlined the halftime show for that Super Bowl, and two years ago it was Paul McCartney.

The NFL has tended to take a more cautious approach since Janet Jackson's widely criticized "wardrobe malfunction" at halftime of the 2004 game.

Prince gained attention early his career with raunchy lyrics and racy performances, but has toned down his act somewhat in recent years.

Film Institute taps "Borat," "United 93"

LOS ANGELES — "Dreamgirls," "United 93" and "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" were among the American Film Institute's picks Sunday for the top 10 films of 2006.

Also named: "Babel," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Half Nelson," "Happy Feet," "Inside Man," "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

The AFI does not rank its picks for best films of the year. The list was chosen by a panel of 13 filmmakers, critics, scholars and AFI trustees.

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