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Paris Hilton faces drunken driving charge



Published: Fri, September 8, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Paris Hilton facesdrunken driving charge

LOS ANGELES -- Paris Hilton was arrested early Thursday for investigation of driving under the influence after she was spotted in Hollywood "driving erratically," police said. Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m., said police Officer I. Isabella. "The officers observed that Hilton exhibited the symptoms of intoxication. A field sobriety test was conducted at scene, and the officers determined she was driving under the influence," Isabella said, reading from a police statement. He said officers stopped Hilton because she was "driving erratically." Hilton, 25, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released on her own recognizance, he said. Her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, confirmed the arrest and said she had the minimum blood-alchohol level to warrant an arrest. The legal limit in California is 0.08.

Settlement is reachedin fabricated memoir case

NEW YORK -- Author James Frey and Random House and have agreed in principle to settle lawsuits filed by readers who said they were defrauded by fabrications in his best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," according to a published report. Readers who bought the book on or before Jan. 26, the day Frey and the publisher acknowledged that he had made up parts of the book, will be eligible for a full refund, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source familiar with the negotiations. The readers claimed in a lawsuit that they had been defrauded because the book was sold as a memoir instead of fiction. The settlement must be approved by a judge. A Manhattan federal court judge consolidated the lawsuits in June. Ten of the 12 plaintiffs have accepted terms of the settlement, which call on Frey and Random House to pay out no more than a total of $2.35 million, the Times said. That total covers the refund to consumers, lawyers' fees for both sides and an unspecified donation to charity. Under terms of the settlement neither Frey nor the publisher have admitted any wrongdoing, the paper said.

Today's birthdays

Comedian Sid Caesar is 84. Actor Alan Feinstein is 65. Singer Aimee Mann is 46. Pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) is 46. Alternative country singer Neko Case is 36. Actor David Arquette is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Pink is 27. Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 25.




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