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Entertainment Briefs for June 10, 2010

| June 11, 2010 9:00 PM

Larry King's wife recovering from apparent OD

PROVO, Utah - A spokesman for Larry King says the talk-show host's wife is recovering after an apparent prescription drug overdose last month in Utah.Emergency medical workers were called to Shawn King's home in Provo on May 28. Her father dialed 911 after finding the 50-year-old woman in her bed, breathing but not responding when he tried to wake her.

He told dispatchers that he thought she may have taken too much medication for anxiety or depression.Larry and Shawn King filed for divorce in April, but Larry King released a statement Wednesday saying their marriage is still together.

King spokesman Howard Rubenstein says Shawn King is in good shape and enjoying her life.

Toby Keith to join Boston Pops on July 4

BOSTON - Country music star Toby Keith will celebrate Independence Day with the Boston Pops.Liberty Mutual, the event's sponsor, announced Wednesday that Keith will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks show on the banks of the Charles River.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter's hits include "Should've Been a Cowboy," ''You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," and "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue."

The "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular," hosted by Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show," will be televised nationally on CBS.Keith's latest album, "American Ride," was released last year by Show Dog Nashville.

Trial begins for accused Shawn Johnson stalker

LOS ANGELES - A man accused of stalking Shawn Johnson harbored a dangerous obsession to marry the Olympic gold-medalist, a prosecutor claimed Tuesday.

Robert O'Ryan, 36, sat quietly as prosecutor Wendy Segall described how he drove from Jacksonville, Fla., to Los Angeles in March 2009 in an attempt to meet Johnson.At one point in her opening statements in O'Ryan's criminal trial, Segall produced the numerous weapons - a handgun, shotgun, knife and club - found in his car, which was searched after he jumped a fence at the studios where Johnson was performing on the reality competition "Dancing with the Stars."

The prosecutor said the guns were loaded at the time of O'Ryan's arrest last March. Segall said he also had duct tape, plastic ties and a bulletproof vest in the car.O'Ryan has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking and burglary charges and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, he faces nearly four years in prison for the felonies and two years in jail for the misdemeanors.

On Monday, O'Ryan entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. If a judge rules he is insane, O'Ryan could be sent to a state mental hospital.His attorney, Judith Greenberg, said in her opening remarks that O'Ryan posed no threat to Johnson. She said O'Ryan was a well-educated man who developed a mental illness years ago and had a delusional fascination with the gymnast.

Greenberg said her client didn't try to contact Johnson until he went to the "Dancing with the Stars" set. She also said he thought he needed to protect Johnson, not harm her."He also came because the delusions and the voices told him Shawn Johnson was in danger and he needed to protect her," Greenberg said. "He was so impelled and compelled to come here because of the certainty of his beliefs."

Johnson won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. She was not present in court but is expected to testify at the trial, which is expected to last all week. O'Ryan has waived his right to a jury trial, so his fate will be decided solely by a judge.

The first round of witnesses Tuesday included studio employees and security workers who encountered O'Ryan the day he went to try to meet Johnson.An Alabama police officer, Christopher Crisler, also testified about a traffic stop days earlier in which O'Ryan laid out his plan to try to meet the gymnast and marry her. The stop was videotaped by the patrol car's dashcam and showed in court.

When the officer asked skeptically about O'Ryan trying to marry someone he's never met, the former engineer replied that his plan was to try to spend as much time with her as possible."I know it's kind of a little bit crazy," O'Ryan says at one point during the traffic stop.

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