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Lindsay Lohan in 'homestretch' of probation, judge says

Actress Lindsay Lohan will have to complete 14 more days of community service and five more therapy sessions to be finished with her formal probation on shoplifting and drunk driving convictions, a judge said Wednesday.

If she complies, her long-running legal troubles should be over by March 29.

"Miss Lohan, you're in the homestretch," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan, who appeared at the Airport Courthouse for a probation progress check. "You seem to be getting your life back on track."

The judge also told her that after March 29, her case — stemming from a 2007 drunk driving conviction — will "go bye-bye."

But Sautner warned Lohan that she will be on "informal probation" after March 29, meaning she would no longer have to report to the court but would have to steer clear of any run-ins with the law.

Sautner said she would end Lohan's probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence and shift her probation for a 2011 jewelry theft to summary probation, in which she does not have to report to a probation officer if she completes the community work and therapy.

The case stems from two drunk driving arrests in 2007 and legal troubles in 2010 when Lohan repeatedly failed to follow the terms of her probation — including failure to appear for a mandatory court appearance in Beverly Hills that year.

She was charged with stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice last February.

Lohan is scheduled to host "Saturday Night Live" on March 3.

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