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Vince Neil pleads guilty to DUI, sentenced to 15 days

Vince Neil formally pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor drunk driving, the Associated Press reports. A judge sentenced the Motley Crue singer to 15 days in jail plus 15 days house arrest. Neil was arrested last June in Las Vegas; if convicted without this plea deal, he could have faced up to six months behind bars.

Earlier: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil prepping for brief jail stay

Jimmy Buffett hospitalized after fall from stage -- Update

Jimmy Buffett was hospitalized after falling from the stage during a concert in Sydney, according to the Associated Press. Australian media reported that the 64-year-old singer fell off the stage face first, banging his head. The audience was then urged to exit the theater, and the singer was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital.

UPDATE: In an official post on Buffett’s website, a spokesperson wrote, “As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital. The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!”

No Doubt's Tony Kanal is a daddy

No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and longtime girlfriend Erin Lokitz introduced daughter, Coco Reese Lakshmi Kanal, who was born on Monday. On the band’s web site, Kanal wrote, “Welcome to the world our gorgeous daughter … Mom, Dad and Baby are happy and in love.”

Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton gets engaged

Emma Bunton — the former member of The Spice Girls known as Baby Spice — has announced her engagement to British singer/chef Jade Jones on Twitter. The 35-year-old Bunton, who’s currently serving as a judge on the British TV series Dancing on Ice, and the 31-year-old Jones have been together for 11 years and are expecting their second child this year.

Shania Twain gets married

Shania Twain married Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud in Puerto Rico today, according to People. “They were married at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico, in front of 40 of their closest family and friends,” her rep told the magazine. The couple, whose respective marriages ended after their exes were rumored to have engaged with each other in an affair, announced their engagement last month. Twain has a 9-year-old son with Robert “Mutt” Lange, who she divorced last year after 16 years of marriage.

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Sebastian Bach and wife divorce

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and his wife Maria Berk are getting a divorce, the musician told TMZ. The pair, who have three children together, were married for 18 years and have been separated since April. “We have tried to work things out for the sake of our family, but it has become apparent that our differences at this point are irreconcilable,” Bach told TMZ. “In 2011, we go our separate ways.”

John Mellencamp separates from wife after 20 years

John Mellencamp, 59, is separating from his wife Elaine after 20 years, the singer-songwriter’s rep Bob Merlis tells the Associated Press. Merlis says the couple “are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family.” He would not confirm if the couple were officially divorcing.

L.A. prosecutor says defense will claim Michael Jackson killed himself in trial for Dr. Conrad Murray

Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray will argue Michael Jackson killed himself, Los Angeles County prosecutor David Walgren claimed today at a hearing, according to an Associated Press report. Walgren and Murray’s lawyer J. Michael Flanagan were in court arguing over testing residue from syringes found in the pop star’s bedroom. “I do think it’s clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself,” said Walgren. “They don’t want to say it, but that’s the direction in which they are going.” Flanagan declined to comment. A preliminary hearing for Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial begins Jan. 4.

Jim Morrison's Doors bandmates would prefer apology to pardon

When Jim Morrison was posthumously pardoned by the State of Florida on Dec. 9, nearly 40 years after his conviction for indecent exposure at a 1969 concert in Miami, it seemed as if that episode was finally put to rest. But the surviving members of the Doors — Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robbie Krieger — and the Morrison family insist that a pardon should never have been necessary in the first place. In a statement, the group said, “We don’t feel Jim needs to be pardoned for anything. His performance in Miami that night was certainly provocative, and entirely in the insurrectionary spirit of the Doors’ music and message. The charges against him were largely an opportunity for grandstanding by ambitious politicians — not to mention an affront to free speech and a massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars … If the State of Florida and the City of Miami want to make amends for the travesty of Jim Morrison’s arrest and prosecution 40 years after the fact, an apology would be more appropriate — and expunging the whole sorry matter from the record…”

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