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Former Chicago Bull/reality TV star Dennis Rodman should lay off on the booze.


Singer Ashlee Simpson on Saturday married her fiance, rocker Pete Wentz, People magazine reported.

Simpson's father hosted the wedding at his Encino, California, home, performing a nondenominational ceremony in front of about 150 guests, the magazine said on its Web site.

Simpson and Wentz announced their engagement in April and have been romantically linked since 2006. The marriage is the first for both.

Several media organizations have also reported that Simpson is pregnant, but Wentz has denied this.

Simpson, 23, released her third music album, Bittersweet World, in April. She is the younger sister of singer and actress Jessica Simpson, who acted as maid of honor at the wedding.

Wentz, 28, co-founded Fall Out Boy in 2001. The band has since built a loyal following with albums like its popular 2005 release, From Under the Cork Tree.

A wedding is also in the cards for US comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who plans to marry her long-time partner, actress Portia de Rossi, after a California court ruling allowing gay marriage. "I am announcing I am getting married," DeGeneres, 50, told the audience during the taping of her The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

In other nuptial news, pop-country star Shania Twain and her husband, producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, have split, People magazine reported on Thursday.

"Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange, are separating after 14 years of marriage," a spokesman said. "This is a private matter, and there will be no further comment at this time."

Twain, 42, and Lange, 59, married in 1993, just six months after meeting. They are parents to a 6-year-old son, Eja D'Angelo.

Meanwhile, DMX has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and felony drug possession.

A judge entered the plea for the musician-actor, whose real name is Earl Simmons, at a brief court hearing on Thursday. Simmons was late for court.

The 37-year-old rapper was indicted last week on 11 counts, including felony marijuana and paraphernalia possession and seven counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The charges stem from an August raid by authorities investigating if he was neglecting 12 pit bulls at his Phoenix home. Some were dehydrated and appeared to be underfed. Three were found buried in his back yard.

The rapper has had previous run-ins with the law. In June 2006, Scottsdale police cited him for carrying a concealed handgun outside a nightclub. He also served 70 days in jail in 2005 for violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport utility vehicle through a security gate at Kennedy International Airport.

DMX recorded the 1999 hit single Party Up (Up in Here). His last album, Year of the Dog ... Again, was released last year.

Also in trouble with the law is former NBA star Dennis Rodman, whom prosecutors charged with domestic violence for allegedly hitting his girlfriend at a hotel last month.

Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Nick Velasquez says Rodman was charged on Wednesday with spousal battery, brandishing a deadly weapon, and one count of dissuading a witness. The charges were misdemeanors.

The 46-year-old was arrested at a hotel April 30 after Gina Peterson called hotel security. Police say she suffered injuries to her arm.

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