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Randy Quaid extradition from Canada fails

Randy Quaid and his wife Evi in Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 27, 2010. AP

(CBS/AP) Maybe this is a victory for foes of the Hollywood star-whackers out there.

A California prosecutor says U.S. officials have rejected a request to seek the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges.

(Scroll down to see video of Quaid explaining "star whackers")

Authorities in Santa Barbara, Calif., have sought the couple's return for months. Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter says the U.S. State Department notified him last week that it would not pursue extradition.

The Quaids were arrested in September in the coastal city and accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to a home they once owned. They were no-shows at several court hearings and were arrested in Vancouver, where the actor sought asylum from a group he dubbed "Hollywood star-whackers."

Carter says the "Independence Day" actor and his wife could be arrested if they return to the United States.

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