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Mackenzie Phillips released on $10K bail

VAN NUYS, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Actress and singer Mackenzie Phillips, who was arrested this week for alleged drug possession, has been released from Van Nuys Jail after posting $10,000 bail.


Phillips, 48, has battled an addiction to drugs for years.

Best known for her work on the 1970s and 1980s sit-com "One Day at a Time," she also appeared in the Disney Channel series "So Weird" in the 1990s.

Police said the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas lead singer John Phillips was arrested Wednesday for alleged drug possession at Los Angeles International Airport.

E! Online reported she was released Thursday afternoon after posting bail, following a night in jail.

Phillips told police officers she had a "drug problem" after she allegedly was discovered to have small amounts of both cocaine and heroin on her as she tried to get through airport security, E! Online said.


Blogger could get jail time for GNR leak

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The California blogger accused of posting nine unreleased Guns N' Roses songs on the Internet reportedly could get up to three years in prison if convicted.

Kevin Cogill, 27, was arrested at his Culver City, Calif., home this week and charged with violating copyright laws after he allegedly leaked songs from the rock band's long awaited album "Chinese Democracy" on his music Web site in June.

The Los Angeles Times said Cogill is the first California resident charged under a federal anti-piracy law which makes it a felony to distribute a copyrighted work via computer networks before its release.

Cogill was released on $10,000 bail, but faces up to three years in prison and $250,000 in fines, if convicted, The Times said, adding that Cogill's public defender, Anthony Eaglin, declined to comment on the case.

Former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash had plenty to say, however.

"I hope he rots in jail," the musician told The Times. "It's going to affect the sales of the record, and it's not fair. The Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, it's theft."


Bloomberg runs obit for still-living Jobs

CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The Bloomberg news agency inadvertently ran an obituary for Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs, who is still very much alive.

Jobs, 53, is famous for his contributions to the worlds of technology, information, communication and entertainment through creations including the Macintosh computer, the iPod and the iPhone. The former top executive of Pixar Animation Studios is also a pancreatic cancer survivor. reported Bloomberg's mistake and posted on its own Web site the obituary that was accidentally published, complete with the note "HOLD FOR RELEASE -- DO NOT USE," as well as a list of people for Bloomberg reporters to contact for quotes about Jobs's demise. also published the retraction the news agency posted quickly after erroneously posting the obituary Wednesday.

The retraction Bloomberg editors issued was published under the headline, "Story Referencing Apple Was Sent in Error by Bloomberg News."

It went on to explain: "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted."

Duchovny being treated for sex addiction


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- David Duchovny's lawyer says the married U.S. television and film actor is undergoing treatment for sex addiction.

Stanton "Larry" Stein told People magazine exclusively that Duchovny has entered a rehabilitation facility to address the issue.

The 48-year-old actor is best known for his work on the TV shows "The X-Files" and "Californication." He has been married to actress Tea Leoni for more than a decade and the couple are the parents of two young children.

"I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction," Duchovny said in an exclusive statement issued to People. "I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family."

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