Country singer Emmylou Harris has been charged with hit-and-run, after allegedly crashing her rental car into another car on Southern California's 405 freeway back in October and fleeing the scene, according to TMZ.

The L.A. County District Attorney filed the misdemeanor charge against Harris on Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol investigated after the alleged victim filed a report, saying the 65-year-old singer crashed into the person's car around 10 p.m. Oct. 1, before taking off.

Harris' rep said the incident was a "garden-variety accident that happens every day on the 405," and said Harris left because she didn't realize she struck another car.

If convicted on the hit-and-run charge, Harris faces up to 6 months in jail.

LINDSAY LOHAN MADE IT TO COURT: Lindsay Lohan wasn't so sick after all.

After a frantic rush Tuesday night to get back to Los Angeles from New York because she realized saying she was sick wouldn't get her out of Wednesday court hearing, Lohan showed up for court Wednesday morning for a hearing in her case of allegedly lying to police about her car crash last year.

According to TMZ, Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan "I'm glad to see you're feeling better."

There might have been some sarcasm there -- Lohan earlier this week tried to get out of the court appearance, claiming that she's ill. But TMZ posted photos of Lohan shopping in New York City the day before.


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Lohan told Sautner she's OK with former lawyer Shawn Holley passing the case to New York attorney Mark Heller, who -- to show how much faith he has in Lindsay Lohan -- with a rabbit's foot on his bag.

The judge gave Heller permission to represent Lindsay, even though he doesn't have a license to practice law in California. Heller is supposedly being sponsored by another lawyer, which makes it legally OK. Heller tried to turn on the charm by pointing out they had a New York connection (Sautner was once a New York City police detective). According to TMZ, Sautner told him his attempts at familiarity would get him nowhere fast.

Does this guy sell used cars in his spare time?

The judge also pointed out that, even if Lohan is found not guilty in the lying case, she could still be found in violation of her probation from a jewelry heist case.

Sautner set the next hearing for March 1.

JIM NABORS MARRIES HIS LONGTIME MALE PARTNER: Jim Nabors, the actor best known for playing Gomer Pyle on TV in the 1960s, has married his longtime male partner.

Hawaii News Now reported Nabors married Stan Cadwallader on Jan. 15 in Seattle, after traveling from their Honolulu home. Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state last month.

The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter.

"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."

Nabors said he's been open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends but never acknowledged it to the media before. He doesn't plan to get involved in the issue politically.

"I'm not a debater. And everybody has their own opinion about this and actually I'm not an activist, so I've never gotten involved in any of this," Nabors told Hawaii News Now.

In 1963, Nabors joined "The Andy Griffith Show." His character of Gomer Pyle — the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim "Gollllll-ly!" -- became so popular that CBS starred him in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." the next year.

In the spinoff, which lasted five seasons, Gomer left his hometown of Mayberry to become a Marine recruit. His innocence confounded his sergeant, played by Frank Sutton.

Nabors is also a talented singer and has recorded several albums and singles over the years.

BARBRA STREISAND TO RETURN TO THE OSCARS: Babs is coming back to Oscar.

Ending a 36-year hiatus, Barbra Streisand has confirmed she will perform at this year's Oscar telecast on Feb. 24. "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years."

Right. Back when she had a wicked perm.

Streisand has won two Academy Awards, but has performed only once. Other musical entertainers will include Adele, who will perform the Oscar-nominated title song from "Skyfall," and Norah Jones, who will perform the Oscar-nominated "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted."

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane co-wrote the latter tune; chances are good that he'll also sing at some point during the evening. Tributes to movie musicals and the James Bond franchise which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, are planned as well. There are rumors that the Bond tribute will bring all 007 actors -- Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig -- together for the first time.

When Streisand last took the stage at the Oscars in 1977, she performed "Evergreen," the love theme from "A Star Is Born." She won an original song award that night.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

JANUARY 31 IN HISTORY

Thursday is Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2013. There are 334 days left in the year.

1606: Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.

1863: During the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of former slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort, S.C.

1865: Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.

1917: During World War I, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

1929: Revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union.

1944: During World War II, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

1950: President Harry S. Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

1958: The United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.

1961: NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16½-minute suborbital flight.

1971: Astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.

1990: McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.

2000: An Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Port Hueneme, Calif., killing all 88 people aboard.

2003: President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met at the White House; Bush said he would welcome a second U.N. resolution on Iraq but only if it led to the prompt disarming of Saddam Hussein. Pushing for a new resolution, Blair called confronting Iraq "a test of the international community."

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Carol Channing (92), baseball great Ernie Banks (82), baseball great Nolan Ryan (66), singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) (62), punk singer Johnny Rotten (57), actress Kelly Lynch (54), actress Minnie Driver (43), actress Portia de Rossi (40), actress Kerry Washington (36), singer Justin Timberlake (32), folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (26).

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