Dennis Farina had cancer

NEW YORK - Dennis Farina's doctor says the actor died while being treated for lung cancer. Farina, who died Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, had been under treatment for the cancer for several months, according to his cardiologist, Dr. Marc A. Kates. The 69-year-old Farina, who died in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital, was known for such films as "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight," and for TV series including "Law & Order" and "Luck."

Bynes hospitalized

LOS ANGELES - Amanda Bynes has been hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after a witness said he spotted flames on her pant legs from a small gasoline fire in the driveway of a California home. Deputies responding to a 911 call on Monday night said the 27-year-old actress had started the fire in the driveway in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said. Deputies determined that Bynes met the criteria for a mental health hold and took her into custody, where she can be held for 72 hours of observation, Aguilar said. No charges were filed and responding fire officials did not administer any medical care, Aguilar said.

Seagulls' gear stolen

DOWNEY, Calif. - The 1980s band Flock of Seagulls says someone flew off with $70,000 of its equipment during a Southern California gig. Frontman Mike Score says someone stole the band's rented van about 2 a.m. Sunday from the Comfort Inn in Downey. Hotel video recorded the theft. Score believes the band was followed from a Saturday night show in Bellflower. Score says the stolen gear included stage clothing, guitars, drums, a keyboard and hard drives containing the songs for his first solo album - 18 months of work gone. Flock of Seagulls is best known for its 1982 hit "I Ran (So Far Away)."

Futerman twin memoir

NEW YORK - Actress Samantha Futerman is collaborating on a book about her improbable discovery that she had an identical twin. Futerman, whose credits include the TV series "The Big C" and the film "Memoirs of a Geisha," has a deal with G.P Putnam's Sons. She will work on the book with Anais Bordier, the adopted daughter of a French family whose friends had seen Futerman's movies and swore that the actress and Bordier looked the same.

Booker contenders

LONDON - Jim Crace, Tash Aw and Colm Toibin are among 13 authors competing for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction in a field, announced Tuesday, that's heavy with new writing talent. "Harvest" by Britain's Crace, "Five Star Billionaire" by Malaysia's Aw and Irish writer Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" are among nominated books from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland.

Brown traffic case

LOS ANGELES - Singer Chris Brown's lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for him to a hit-and-run charge that led to his parole being revoked. A spokesman says charges of driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance were dismissed after Brown's attorney presented proof he was licensed in Virginia. The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna.

A judge revoked his probation last week and ordered a hearing. His trial in the hit-and-run case is set for Aug. 15.