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Police: Sheen's car stolen, crashed

LOS ANGELES — A Mercedes that Charlie Sheen reported stolen from his Sherman Oaks home was found overturned hundreds of feet down a nearby cliff early Friday, but there's no evidence anyone was in the car when it went into the ravine, police said.

Police got an emergency call around 4 a.m. from an OnStar-style alert system that calls emergency officials when there is a problem with the vehicle that may require assistance, Officer Wendy Reyes said.

At about the same time, Sheen called police to say his four-door Mercedes-Benz had been stolen, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

Jackson death case to be filed Monday

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's doctor wanted to seek his day in court Friday by surrendering before being charged in the singer's death, but prosecutors upstaged the plan by announcing that no case would be filed until next week.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons released the plan less than two hours before Dr. Conrad Murray and his attorneys were going to show up at an airport-area courthouse in an effort to force the prosecution's hand while avoiding having the physician arrested and handcuffed.

Gibbons' statement did not mention Murray, but said information on charges will be released after the case is filed on Monday.

Painting owned by Crichton to be sold

LONDON — Michael Crichton was the mega-selling thriller writer behind ‘‘Jurassic Park" and TV series ‘‘ER.'' He was also a passionate art collector who bought works by 20th-century masters including Pablo Picasso and Jasper Johns.

Four pieces from Crichton's collection valued at $32 million — including an iconic Johns Stars and Stripes ‘‘Flag'' painting that once hung in the writer's Beverly Hills bedroom — went on display Friday before being auctioned by Christie's in New York in May.