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Lohan vows her past is behind her

by The Associated Press on August 19, 2013 10:50 AM

NEW YORK — Lindsay Lohan says this time it’s going to be different.

In an interview that aired Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, the trouble-prone actress declared that this, her sixth stint in rehab, has put her on a path of recovery.

Lohan said she’s in “a different head space” now and vowed to stay “present and clear-headed and focused.”

“I feel whole again,” she told Winfrey, “and I have such a desire to want to keep this feeling and stay this way, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”

Lohan, 27, completed her latest court-ordered stay in rehab in July. She must continue therapy into late next year. She acknowledged an addiction to alcohol, which “in the past was a gateway to other things for me,” but she offered no specifics other than cocaine, which she said she has used no more than 15 times.

Winfrey asked her what she’s on these days. Lohan replied, “Vitamins.”

“You’re not on any prescription drugs?” Winfrey pressed.

“No, no,” Lohan insisted, then checked herself: “I take Nexium. Because I have acid reflux.”

Clad in a form-fitting orange dress, Lohan said a comfort level with her past chaotic life had fed her much-reported partying and her brushes with the law. But she added that she takes full blame for her mistakes.

When Winfrey asked if she can turn her life around this time, Lohan said with no hesitation, “Yeah.”

The interview aired as an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which will spotlight Lohan next year in an eight-part docuseries based on her life.

During the hour, an advertisement appeared for Cliffside Malibu, the rehab facility where Lohan was recently residing. That ad boasted of a treatment program so successful, it’s guaranteed.

Lohan’s latest film, “The Canyons,” is currently in limited release.

PHOTO: Lindsay Lohan attended the Mr. Pink Ginseng launch party Oct. 11, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Los Angeles judge ordered Lohan on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, to undergo 18 months of therapy sessions to continue treatment after a successful three-month stay in rehab facilities as part of her sentence in a misdemeanor case filed after a car accident in June 2012. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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LONDON — British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information’s “relevance and credibility.”

Scotland Yard declined to provide details about the information, only saying Saturday in a statement that the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit.

The force stressed that it was not reopening the investigation into the 1997 deaths of Diana and Fayed, who were killed in a car crash in Paris.

In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana, the Princess of Wales, and her companion, Fayed, were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.

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BETHEL, N.Y. — The ashes of Richie Havens have been scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert.

Havens was the first act at Woodstock and his performance of “Freedom” was a highlight of the concert. He died in April of a heart attack at age 72.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reported that Havens’ ashes were scattered from a plane as it flew over the upstate New York field during a ceremony Sunday. About 30 family members attended the event, which drew more than a thousand fans. Actors Danny Glover and Louis Gossett Jr. were among the speakers.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue built on the Woodstock site, hosted the tribute on the 44th anniversary of the final day of the famous three-day concert.

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