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Late night for Obama ...

President Obama will have a late night chat with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" next week.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says in a tweet that Obama will be on the show Tuesday. Obama will be traveling on the West Coast next week, raising money for his re-election bid and trying to boost public support for his jobs bill.

This will be Obama's fourth time on Leno's show. He made two appearances as a presidential candidate. His last appearance was in March 2009, shortly after taking office.


Leonard, wife split ...

Court records show acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard is divorcing his wife of 18 years.

The Detroit News reports Thursday that he and Christine Leonard split earlier this year and she filed for divorce in May. Oakland County Circuit Court records say Christine Leonard cited a breakdown in the marriage for unspecified reasons.

Elmore Leonard's attorney Gerald Cavellier calls it "pretty standard as divorces go." Christine Leonard's attorney Joseph Aviv says Judge Edward Sosnick disqualified himself from the case because he presided over the couple's wedding.

A trial is set for Dec. 12.


Lindsay gets to work ...

Lindsay Lohan's arrival at the morgue for community service -- Take Two -- had a better result Friday as the actress was quickly put to work after showing up early.

News helicopters hovered over the coroner's facilities and cameras greeted her black sport utility vehicle when Lohan reported for duty, one day after officials turned her away for being 40 minutes late to an orientation session.

Lohan must complete 16 hours of custodial work at the morgue before a Nov. 2 court hearing. She will be expected to mop floors, clean and stock bathrooms, and wash dirty sheets, coroner's officials have said.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 55. Actor Ryan Reynolds ("Van Wilder," "Two Guys and a Girl") is 35.

Monday: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 75. Actor Kevin Kline is 64.

Tuesday: Actress Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons") is 54. Singer Ciara is 26.

Wednesday: Actress Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") is 66. "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is 65. Singer Natalie Merchant is 48. Country singer Keith Urban is 44.

Thursday: Country singer Lee Greenwood is 69. Singer Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) is 44.

Friday: Country musician Charlie Daniels is 75. Actor-comedian Andy Richter is 45. Actress Julia Roberts is 44.

Next Saturday: Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 64. Actress Kate Jackson is 63. Actress Winona Ryder is 40.

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