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LaBeouf won't be charged with DUI in July crash

Shia LaBeouf will not be charged with drunken driving for a West Hollywood traffic accident that badly injured his hand, but he could have his license suspended for refusing to take a breath test.

There was "insufficient evidence" to charge LaBeouf with drunken driving, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday. She said prosecutors are considering charges against two other people involved in the July collision.

LaBeouf, star of Transformers, was arrested July 27 after an early-morning crash that injured his hand and sent him to a hospital for several days. Sheriff's deputies said later that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident.

DJ AM out of hospital

Celebrity disc jockey DJ AM has been released from a Georgia hospital after suffering severe burns in a plane crash a week ago, a spokeswoman for the musician said yesterday.

"While he is deeply saddened by the events, he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends," spokeswoman Jenni Weinman said in a statement.

DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were taken to a burn hospital in Augusta, Ga., after their Learjet crashed on takeoff from a Columbia, S.C., airport. Doctors have said they expect both men to fully recover.

Two pilots and two other passengers who were close friends of the musicians were killed in the crash just before midnight Sept. 19.

NSO names music director

The National Symphony Orchestra has chosen Christoph Eschenbach as its next music director after years of searching. The German conductor and pianist recently headed the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Eschenbach will also hold the newly created position of music director of the Kennedy Center.

The job will officially start in the 2010-2011 season after Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer completes his two-year stint as principal conductor.

The show goes on

American rapper Busta Rhymes won a court order yesterday allowing him to perform at a charity concert in Britain, despite a government attempt to keep him out of the country.

High Court Justice Nicholas Stadlen ruled that Rhymes - whose real name is Trevor George Smith Jr. - could play at London's Royal Albert Hall. The judge said he did not want to interfere with the concert, which is being given for volunteers who earned their tickets by doing four hours of community service.

Aldrin writing memoirs

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is working on a memoir about his triumphs in space and the hard times back on Earth.

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon will be published next year by Harmony Books, in time for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

"From the pinnacle of Apollo, my greatest challenge became the human one - overcoming alcoholism and living beyond depression - a challenge that required more courage and determination than going to the moon," Aldrin, 78, said in a statement Thursday.

From Sun news services

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Actress Jayne Meadows, 88.

Actor Wilford Brimley, 74.

Rock singer Meat Loaf , 57.

Singer Shaun Cassidy, 50.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 36.

Rapper Lil' Wayne, 26.

Singer Avril Lavigne, 24.

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