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Lohan gets jail ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 120 days in jail on Friday for a probation violation after hearing evidence against the actress in a jewelry store theft case.

Sautner also ordered Lohan to serve more than 400 hours of community service. The ruling came after Sautner reduced Lohan's grand theft case down to a misdemeanor and after prosecutors gave their case against the actress. It will be Lohan's fourth jail stint. Sautner refused to dismiss the theft case against Lohan, but said she often sees more serious cases that get reduced to lesser charges. Lohan said she's eager to put her court cases behind her and once again be known as an actress.


Time honors Giffords ...

Time magazine has named U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

President Obama wrote the tribute to the Arizona congresswoman in the magazine's May issue, saying Giffords may not have been a household name before she was shot in the head in a Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson, but now "she's got the prayers of a nation rooting for her."

Obama wrote that Giffords is a "model of civility and courage and unity -- a needed voice that cannot return soon enough."


Doctoral pursuits ...

James Franco has won a spot in a University of Houston creative writing program.

The university confirms that the actor nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for best actor in "127 Hours" has been accepted for the school's doctoral program in literature and creative writing. Creative writing program director James Kastely tells the Houston Chronicle that Franco plans to enroll in September 2012.

The 33-year-old actor also has been studying in a doctoral program in English at Yale University.


What's with the escort? ...

D.C. police are investigating why Charlie Sheen received a police escort from an area airport to his show in downtown Washington this week.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said late Thursday that the police department's internal affairs unit is investigating the incident.

On Tuesday, D.C. police used lights and sirens as they escorted Sheen from Dulles International Airport to his stage show, "Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat Is Not an Option," at DAR Constitution Hall. At the time, Sheen was running nearly an hour late for the show.

Sheen tweeted about the ride and included a picture of a speedometer reaching about 80 mph.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 77. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 69. Actress-singer Kelly Clarkson is 29.

Monday: Actor Al Pacino is 71. Actress Talia Shire is 65. Actress Renee Zellweger is 42.

Tuesday: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 78. Singer Bobby Rydell is 69. Actress Joan Chen is 50.

Wednesday: Actor Jack Klugman is 89. Actress Anouk Aimee is 79.

Thursday: Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 70. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 61.

Friday: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 57. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 54.

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