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Randy Quaid freed on bail after arrest in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Randy Quaid was given a ride from a small West Texas jail to get bail money from a bank after the actor and his wife were arrested for allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 California hotel bill, according to the sheriff who drove him.

Quaid and his wife, Evi, each posted $20,000 Thursday night after spending several hours in the jail in Marfa, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said.

Dominguez said he drove the actor to a bank to obtain the bail money. Quaid, 58, remained in his custody during the trip but was not handcuffed. The sheriff said the actor received no special treatment.

"I like to help everybody out," Dominguez said. "It's a small town."

The couple face felony charges of burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy in Santa Barbara, Calif. Authorities received a complaint in early September that the Quaids had not paid a bill of more than $10,000 due to a local hotel, according to a release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The Quaids were arrested Thursday afternoon after a deputy spotted the couple driving in Marfa, where they had been staying at a hotel, Dominguez said.

'Harry Potter' author

J.K. Rowling joins Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) - The real J.K. Rowling has come to Twitter.

Wanting to counter numerous fake Rowlings on Twitter, the "Harry Potter" author has set up her own account. But she warned that she didn't plan many tweets.

"I should flag up now that although I could twitter endlessly, I'm afraid you won't be hearing from me very often as pen and paper is my priority at the moment," she wrote in a Tweet dated Sept. 17.

The account,

ing, was first reported Friday by the fan site www.the-leaky-caul, then confirmed by Potter publisher Scholastic Inc.

Keillor to host first 'Prairie Home' since stroke

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Humorist Garrison Keillor is set to host his first broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" since suffering a minor stroke nearly three weeks ago.

Keillor is scheduled to launch a new season of his popular public radio show Saturday night from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.

Keillor, 67, suffered a mild stroke on Labor Day and spent four nights at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He returned to work and said he had no plans to postpone the upcoming season of "Prairie Home."

The season premiere will be followed by an annual meatloaf supper and free street dance featuring Keillor with singer Andra Suchy, Salsa del Soul, the Sam Bush Band and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.


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