DJ AM's friends announce party to help families of crash victims

NEW YORK - Friends of DJ AM are throwing a party to welcome the celebrity disc jockey home after he survived a fiery plane crash last month in South Carolina.

Mark Ronson, Cut Chemist, Steve Aoki and other AM pals will perform at the event, which will be held Tuesday night at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, Calif.

DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker suffered severe burns in the Sept. 19 crash at the main airport in Columbia. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed.

Tickets cost $20. All proceeds will go to memorial funds for the crash victims, organizers said Wednesday.

Spears rejects plea bargain in license case

LOS ANGELES - An attorney for Britney Spears has rejected a plea offer that would have placed her on a year's probation and forced her to pay a $150 fine in her misdemeanor driver's license case.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan said Spears would consider an offer that reduces the charge to an infraction and requires her to pay a $10 fine. He said if the case does go to trial as scheduled later this month, he will appeal any conviction.

He said the 26-year-old singer is being unfairly targeted because she is a celebrity and doesn't deserve a blemish on her criminal record.

Linkin Park cancels China tour due to singer's injury

BEIJING - Linkin Park is canceling its China tour because lead singer Chester Bennington has suffered a back injury.

The band didn't say Tuesday how Bennington suffered the injury.

A statement posted on Linkin Park's official Web site said the band was canceling shows scheduled for October in Beijing, Shanghai, the central city Wuhan and the southern gambling enclave Macau.

The band also canceled its show in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.