Singer Michelle Branch, 22, and her husband, Teddy Landau, 40, a bassist in her band, welcomed their first child, daughter Owen, Aug. 3 in L.A. The couple wed last year.... Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, 56, and his fiancée, fashion designer Gelila Assefa, 35, welcomed a son, Oliver, July 17. This is the couple's first child; Puck has two sons from a previous marriage. Puck and Assefa will tie the knot next year.... World champion gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, 26, welcomed a son, Sviatoslav, July 22. The Russian athlete has been dating Georgian film actor Levan Outchaneichvili for the past two years.
Brandon Flowers, 24, lead singer of the rock band the Killers, and his longtime girlfriend Tana Mundkowsky, 24, tied the knot Aug. 2 at a beach ceremony in Honolulu. It was the first marriage for both.
Singer Marc Cohn, 46, who had a hit in 1991 with the song "Walking in Memphis," was shot in the head in Denver during an attempted carjacking Aug. 7. Cohn, whose wife is ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas, was struck in the temple as his band's van left a parking garage after a performance. Cohn was treated at a nearby hospital and released the next day. Joseph Yacteen, 26, who allegedly tried to stop the van in the garage before the shooting, has been taken into custody by police. "I feel lucky to be alive and happy to be heading home to my family," Cohn said in a statement.
Martha Stewart, 64, who was originally sentenced to five months of home confinement after serving five months in prison for lying about her stock sale, will remain under house arrest for an additional three weeks. Lawyers for the domestic diva did not give a reason for the extension of her sentence, but Stewart reportedly violated the terms of her home confinement. She will continue to be permitted to leave her Bedford, N.Y., home 48 hours each week to work until she completes her additional sentence at the end of August.
Grammy-winner Ibrahim Ferrer, 78, best known as one of Cuba's veteran singers featured in the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club, died Aug. 6 in Havana of multiple organ failure. With his trademark cap and mustache, he enjoyed newfound popularity after recording the Buena Vista albums, which sold more than a million copies.... John H. Johnson, 87, the publishing titan who founded Ebony in 1945 and Jet in 1951, died Aug. 8 in Chicago of heart failure. Johnson, the first African-American to be named to the Forbes 400, pioneered a new era of journalism by promoting positive representations of blacks in magazines and advertising.
Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter (Thirteen), 47, and her partner, actor Gordon MacDonald (The Thin Red Line), are expecting twins this winter. They will be first-time parents.
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