Spears' father given control

LOS ANGELES - The father of Britney Spears was named her temporary conservator Friday, putting him in control of her welfare a day after she was whisked to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

The court also issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' sometimes manager and friend, Sam Lutfi, and gave permission to change the locks on her estate and remove anyone who is there.

Paramedics with a heavy police escort took the troubled pop star from her home to UCLA Medical Center's psychiatric hospital early Thursday.

Wesley Snipes guilty of failing to file tax return

OCALA, Fla. - Action star Wesley Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges Friday, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return.

He could be sentenced to three years in prison.

Eva Mendes going to rehab

NEW YORK - 'Eva has been working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support,' the 31-year-old actress' publicist, Brad Cafarelli, said Friday in a statement.

The celebrity Web site TMZ reported Friday that Mendes had checked into a Utah rehab center for substance abuse.

Musician coy about Lohan

WATERVILLE, Maine - A singer-songwriter from Maine who's filming a reality show with Lindsay Lohan is getting his 15 minutes of fame, and then some.

Jeremy Greene, a Waterville native, says he's being hounded by press calls after Life & Style magazine reported that Lohan referred to Greene as her 'new boyfriend.'