DMX gets 90 days for felonies

PHOENIX - Rapper DMX was sentenced to 90 days in jail Friday for convictions on theft, drug-possession and animal-cruelty charges.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, also was placed on at least 18 months' supervised probation by Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Phemonia Miller.

Simmons pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to three felony counts - theft, possession or use of marijuana, and possession or use of narcotic drugs - and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

The 38-year-old rapper has been in the Maricopa County Jail since being arrested Dec. 9 in Miami on a warrant after failing to appear in court in Phoenix. His attorney, Stephen Lee Crawford, didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

Springsteen calls Wal-Mart deal a mistake

NEW YORK - The Boss is owning up to a mistake.

In an interview with Sunday's New York Times, Bruce Springsteen said he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD.

Some fans were critical because Springsteen has been a longtime supporter of worker's rights, and Wal-Mart has faced criticism for its labor practices.

Springsteen told the Times that his team didn't vet the issue as closely as he should have, and that he 'dropped the ball on it.'

Kilmer named king of Bacchus

NEW ORLEANS - 'Batman Forever' star Val Kilmer will reign as celebrity king when the Krewe of Bacchus parade rolls through New Orleans on Feb. 22, two days before Mardi Gras.

Kilmer will be decked out in royal apparel as he rides through the city on a float in the annual parade.

'He's very excited,' said Bacchus captain Owen 'Pip' Brennan, who has been in contact with Kilmer about the event.