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Guilty plea in Brown assualt case

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Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in the case, one that further tarnished the image of the Grammy-winning singer.

At the time of the arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case for attacking pop star Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy awards. The arrest led a judge in California to revoke his probation, and he was ordered in May to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.

Brown spoke only briefly, saying: “I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry.”

Poetry book due

Nick Cannon has been keeping a notebook for much of his life, and next year we'll get to see some of the entries.

The 33-year-old entertainer and record producer is working on a book of poems for children.

Scholastic announced Tuesday that Cannon's “Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems” will be published in March 2015.

Cannon also has a children's book scheduled for October, “Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Life support

Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support “at this time.” Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support.

Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday.

Melissa Rivers said Tuesday that she knows that her mother would be overwhelmed by the continuing outpouring of kindness.

'Guardians' rule

The top five movies from the holiday weekend box office:

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $17.1 million

2. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” $11.9 million

3. “If I Stay,” $9.3 million

4. “As Above, So Below,” $8.6 million

5. “Let's Be Cops,” $9.3 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Anne Jackson is 89. Singer-musician Al Jardine is 72. Actress Valerie Perrine is 71. Musician Donald Brewer is 66. Guitarist Steve Jones is 59. Singer-musician Todd Lewis is 49. Actor Charlie Sheen is 49. Singer Jennifer Paige is 41. Musician Redfoo is 39. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 30.

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