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Lawyers say Sheens want to reconcile despite arrest

Actor Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke want to reconcile, their lawyers said Wednesday, even though she told police he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her less than a week ago.

“They're very much in love. They want to try to work it out and want to have the best shot at doing that,” Brooke Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, told The Associated Press.

Charlie Sheen's attorney, Richard Cummins, confirmed his client wants to reconcile. Cummins filed a court motion Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss a restraining order that prevents the couple from having contact.

The couple's desire to reconcile was first reported by TMZ.com.

Charlie Sheen, 44, was arrested on Christmas Day in Aspen, where the couple was on vacation. Brooke Sheen, 32, told police he threatened her during an argument that started when she said she wanted a divorce.

Sheen faces charges of felony menacing, domestic violence, second-degree assault and criminal mischief and is free on $8,500 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Aspen.

Charlie Sheen stars in CBS' “Two and a Half Men,” and Brooke Sheen is a real estate investor. The couple married in May 2008.

Galanter said he's optimistic about the future of the couple's relationship.

Director Jackson named a New Zealand knight

The king of Middle Earth is being made a knight — for real.

Film writer and director Peter Jackson, whose widely acclaimed “Lord of the Rings” trilogy scooped up 17 Oscars, has been made a knight in the New Year Honors' list of his native New Zealand.

He becomes Sir Peter Jackson for what the annual list honoring the country's worthy citizens simply calls “services to film.”

New Zealand knights and dames, among the nation's highest honors, are sanctioned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand's head of state — stemming from the country's past as a British colony.

Chief gets 3 years in Parker-Broderick case

A former Ohio police chief was sentenced to prison Wednesday in connection with a break-in at the home of the surrogate who bore twins for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Barry Carpenter was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. He was convicted last month on charges of receiving stolen property, theft in office and evidence tampering but acquitted of other counts, including burglary.

His attorney, Dennis McNamara, vowed to appeal.

Prosecutors said Carpenter broke into Michelle Ross' home in May, took items related to her pregnancy and the surrogacy and conspired with police Chief Chad Dojack of neighboring Bridgeport to sell the items to celebrity photographers.

Regis returns next week after hip replacement

Regis Philbin is set to return to his daytime talk show next week after successful hip replacement surgery.

Philbin has been on the disabled list since the Dec. 1 operation. He makes his return to “Live! With Regis and Kelly” on Jan. 4.

Kelly Ripa has been working with guest hosts while Philbin has been away.

He hasn't been completely out of sight: The 78-year-old Philbin called in to pal David Letterman's show this month to deliver a “Top Ten” list.

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