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Lohan gets thumbs up

Lohan gets thumbs up

Lindsay Lohan drew praise yesterday from a judge who said the actress was one court hearing away from putting a long-running drunken driving case behind her. “Ms. Lohan, you’re in the home stretch,’’ Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told the actress. Lohan has progressed under probation guidelines, including weekly stints at the morgue and therapy sessions. Lohan, 25, now has to work 14 days at the morgue and attend five therapy sessions before the judge ends her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case that has dogged Lohan for years. She is due back in court on March 29 for what could be her final court appearance if she stays out of trouble. Lohan would remain on informal probation for a case filed after she took a necklace without permission in January 2011 but would no longer have to report to a probation officer. (AP)

Extension for Conan

Conan O’Brien’s got his desk job for at least two more years. TBS said yesterday that its late-night host, who premiered with “Conan’’ in November 2010, has won an extension through April 2014. O’Brien said, “I’ll be taping episodes of ‘Conan’ well into the Ron Paul presidency.’’ He originally signed with TBS after a brief, tumultuous promotion to be host of NBC’s “Tonight’’ show. (AP)

Sad country song

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The widow of country music legend Roger Miller doesn’t own the rights to some of his biggest hits, including “King of the Road,’’ a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the renewal copyrights to the songs Miller published in 1964. (AP)

Teen singer gets deal

“The X Factor’’ runner-up Rachel Crow has signed a series deal with the Nickelodeon channel and a recording contract with Sony’s Columbia Records-Syco. Nickelodeon said yesterday its agreement with the 14-year-old singer includes development of a comedy series for the teenager. (AP)

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