Ja Rule outside the Newark courthouse Monday. (Julio Cortez/ AP)

• Ja Rule
was sentenced to 28 months in prison Monday after admitting he failed to pay taxes for five years. The rapper, 35, choked up as he apologized in a New Jersey federal court, reports AP: “I was a young man who made a lot of money. . . I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me.” He has also agreed to pay back the roughly $1.3 million he kept from the feds, the Justice Department said.