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DELIVERED: A 55-year-old Virginia woman, acting as a surrogate for her daughter, gave birth to triplets Tuesday. The two boys and one girl were delivered a month and a half prematurely by Caesarean section at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. Surrogate mother Tina Cade experienced "mild complications," which the hospital said is not uncommon for such surgery. Cade carried her own grandchildren for her oldest daughter, Camille Hammond, who suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects the lining of the uterus and makes it difficult to become pregnant. The infants were in intensive care. The boys weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz., and 3 lbs. 12 oz.; the girl weighed 4 lbs. 10 oz. The family said on the "Today" show Wednesday that they want to keep the babies' names private.
DIED: Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland, 74, died of a staph infection Monday at Orange Park Medical Center in Florida, reports the Associated Press. Garland performed with such giants as Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Charlie Parker, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Sr. and many others. Working with the King from 1957-61, Garland played on "Little Sister" and "Big Hunk of Love."
RATED: Last week's 10 most-watched TV shows, according to Nielsen, in order, were: CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond; ABC's Monday Night Football; CBS's CSI, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace; ABC's Desperate Housewives; CBS's 60 Minutes; ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; and CBS's Cold Case. The week's least-watched show among the four broadcast networks was FOX's The Rebel Billionaire, with a paltry 2.8 million viewers – the network's lowest rating for that hour since FOX was launched in 1993.
ANTICIPATED: Security will be tight as mild New Year's Eve weather is expected to bring capacity crowds to New York's Times Square. New York's Daily News reports that although no specific threats have been made against the city, there will be beefed up counter-terrorism patrols, and outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell, who will be back in his home town to help drop the New Year's Eve ball, and will be accompanied by his own security team.