Britney Spears' trial begins

LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears was exempt from having a California driver's license when she hit a parked car last year because she didn't meet residency requirements, her lawyer argued in opening statements of her driving-without-a-license trial Thursday.

The pop singer considers her home to be Louisiana, where she has a valid license, is registered to vote and exercises a homestead exemption on property taxes, attorney J. Michael Flanagan said.

Jury selection concluded Thursday morning with the seating of eight women and four men, and brief opening statements followed. Los Angeles City Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian took only two minutes to give his statement, calling the case 'very straightforward.'

DJ AM performs for first time since crash

LOS ANGELES - DJ AM was back on the decks for the first time since surviving a fiery plane crash.

The visibly scarred celebrity disc jockey, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, joined Jay-Z at a special concert Wednesday celebrating the reopening of the Hollywood Palladium, the historic venue which once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, 'The Lawrence Welk Show,' Led Zeppelin and the Emmy Awards on its more than 11,000-square-foot circular wooden floor.

The concert was 35-year-old DJ AM's first performance since surviving a Sept. 19 plane crash with former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker at the main airport in Columbia, S.C.

Jay Leno sued over rare auto

NEW YORK - The estate of a department store heir says in a lawsuit that Jay Leno was illegally sold a valuable automobile at a sham auction.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan by the estate of Macy's heir John W. Straus. It says a 1931 Duesenberg was sold to the 'Tonight Show' host at an auction designed to take that car and a 1930 Rolls Royce while Straus was ill.