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Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas welcome baby girl

“Blue Jasmine” actor Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Thomas welcomed a baby girl into the world late Friday, after the 29-year-old yoga instructor was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela. She is absolutely perfect,” Thomas tweeted. This is the couple’s first child together; Baldwin, 55, has a daughter, Ireland Baldwin, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Lance Armstrong, British paper reach agreement

The Sunday Times and Lance Armstrong have reached an agreement after the Times sued the bicyclist to recover damages from a libel settlement, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The Times was forced to pay Armstrong about $470,000 in 2006 to settle a legal case after it published claims that the 41-year-old cyclist took performance-enhancing drugs. When Armstrong admitted last year that he was part of a massive doping program, the Times announced plans to sue Armstrong for about $1.6 million to reclaim the 2006 settlement, plus interest and legal costs. The paper and Armstrong reportedly settled on amiable terms. “It is the final episode in a long legal battle between this newspaper and the fallen icon,” the paper announced Sunday.

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Deen settles suit with ex-employee

Paula Deen has reached a settlement with Lisa Jackson, the former employee who accused the TV chef of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. On Friday, a federal judge threw out the last part of a lawsuit against Deen. A document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., said that both sides agreed to drop the lawsuit “without any award of costs or fees to any party.” The settlement comes after Deen, 66, was dropped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racist slurs in the past.

‘Housewives’ star engaged

Taylor Armstrong and boyfriend John Bluher are engaged. According to Us Magazine, Bluher popped the question Thursday at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico. He set up a white tent filled with white roses and lilies for the sunset proposal. “The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is where we fell in love. It was the perfect choice for this wonderful occasion,” Bluher said. Armstrong’s previous marriage was to “Housewives” co-star Russell Armstrong, who committed suicide in August 2011.


Dennis Haysbert at the Anacostia Community Museum, where he was looking at Ma Mathildhe’s Door, an artifact from the museum’s collection. The “24” actor was filming as host of the upcoming Smithsonian Channel presentation “Civil War 360: Fight for Freedom.”