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Probation for Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery and was sentenced to three years' probation for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend. Phillips, 44, must also undergo one year of domestic violence counseling and 200 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Authorities said an Aug. 11 argument between Phillips and his girlfriend escalated into a physical fight.

Hatch appeals

Survivor winner Richard Hatch, who is serving more than four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his $1-million prize, is appealing his convictions. In the appeal, filed in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Thursday, Hatch contends the judge prevented him from arguing that the show's producers struck a deal with him to pay his taxes if he won. Hatch maintains the deal was struck after he caught the producers smuggling food to other contestants. CBS spokesman Chris Ender said the claim had no merit.

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