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Rehab cuts into tour ...

Bon Jovi announced that Richie Sambora will miss dates on its current tour amid reports that the guitarist is heading to rehab.

In a statement released Thursday, the group said its support for Sambora was "absolute" and that he remained a member of the band. But it also said he would miss an undetermined number of concerts and that it looked forward to his "healthy return."

Neither the band nor its publicist would confirm or deny reports that Sambora planned to enter rehab. He went to rehab a few years ago.


Hilton burglar convicted ...

A jury took less than hour on Friday to convict a man of attempting to burglarize Paris Hilton's home last year while the heiress was inside.

Nathan Lee Parada, 31, was convicted of first-degree attempted residential burglary and faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on June 29, said district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Hilton testified this week about her and her boyfriend being awoken early on Aug. 24 after Parada banged on one of her home's windows with the butt of a knife.

Her boyfriend, Cy Waits, detained Parada at gunpoint until police arrived. While being interviewed by detectives, Parada said he wanted to steal as much as he could from the house and planned to move to a deserted island after the burglary, according to testimony in the case.

He also told detectives he found Hilton's Hollywood Hills home after buying a map showing stars' homes, and waited outside for hours before trying to break in.

A defense attorney told jurors that Parada had left a halfway house days earlier and had not taken his antidepressant medication for several days.

Waits was accosted on his way into the courthouse to testify against Parada on Wednesday. On Thursday, the man who hit Waits, James Rainford, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 227 days in jail for the attack and a probation violation.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Singer Judy Collins is 72. Singer Rita Coolidge is 66. Country singer Tim McGraw is 44.

Monday: Singer Englebert Humperdinck is 75. Singer Lesley Gore is 65. Actress Christine Baranski is 59.

Tuesday: Folk singer Pete Seeger is 92. Singer Frankie Valli is 77. Actor Dule Hill is 36.

Wednesday: Singer Lance Bass is 32.

Thursday: Actor Lance Henriksen ("Millennium," "Aliens") is 71. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 67. Singer Adele is 23. Singer Chris Brown is 22.

Friday: Singer Bob Seger is 66. Actor George Clooney is 50. Guitarist Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters is 40. Actress Gabourey Sidibe is 28.

Next Saturday: Actor Breckin Meyer is 37.

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