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Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis has been jailed for 270 days and handed a three year probation for attacking a woman at his Los Angeles mansion.

The King Of Pop's final hours: How his last day unfolded

The legal battle surrounding Michael Jackson's death has reached the courts. Guy Adams sketches the key players and what we've learnt from them

Eighteen months on, the Jackson circus comes to town again

With a fanfare fit for the King of Pop, trial of singer's doctor opens in Los Angeles

Toyota to pay $10 million in runaway Lexus crash

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash that led to recalls of millions of the automaker's vehicles, attorneys said today.

Just an ugly lump of rock? Not quite. It happens to be worth $1bn

US court sifts six claimants' murky tales about the discovery, sale and theft of the world's biggest Emerald

Base-jumping Austrian to break sound barrier – if he can take off

In a world that has been comprehensively conquered from Pole to Pole, where younger explorers successfully scale our tallest peaks each year, and where satellites have mapped every last square kilometre of our planet, there are few truly outrageous challenges left to overcome.

French court has Google in the dock

A French court has ordered Google Inc to pay 5,000 euros (£4253) in libel damages to a man who claimed that searches for his name automatically yielded a list of harmful suggestions.

Judge halts proceedings against kidnap accused

A judge temporarily suspended criminal proceedings yesterday against the man accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard when she was a child and holding her prisoner for 18 years, citing worries about the defendant's mental state.

Bought for $60,000, but worth $400m – the battle for the world's biggest emerald

The curious case of an enormous emerald weighing about as much as a horse was set to be finally heard in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday, when a judge began his efforts to try to determine precisely who owns it.

Lohan fails court drug and drink test

Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan faces the prospect of being put behind bars again after failing a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening test.

300 protesters throw rocks and eggs at LA police

Los Angeles police say 22 people have been arrested during a second night of protests over an officer's fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant wielding a knife.

Paris Hilton is arrested for cocaine possession

Heiress detained on drugs charges for the third time this year

Inside story: The weird world of Mr & Mrs Phil Spector

He is the legendary music producer in prison for murder. She is the young wife protesting his innocence. Welcome to the curious world of Mr & Mrs Phil Spector

Three-strikes burglar wins early release

After 13 years behind bars for trying to break in to a church kitchen for something to eat, a man sentenced under California's three-strikes law has been ordered released.

The late Anna Nicole Smith: whodunnit?

Three years after former Playboy model's death in a hotel room, three of her closest associates are in the dock

Lindsay Lohan begins prison sentence

Actress Lindsay Lohan has begun a jail sentence for a probation offence that underlined the starlet's inability to put a 2007 drug case behind her.

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