An 18th child arrived for Michelle Duggar, 42, and her husband, real estate agent Jim Bob, 43, who welcomed daughter Jordyn-Grace in Rogers, Ark., Dec. 18. "She's such a beautiful little blessing," says Michelle, who appears with her family on TLC's 17 Kids and Counting. • It's a girl for actress Angie Harmon, 36, and her husband, sports commentator and former NFL player Jason Sehorn, 37, who had their third child, Emery Hope Sehorn, on Dec. 18.
Yes Man actress Zooey Deschanel, 28, will wed Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard, 32.
The 1981 murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh has been solved, police in Hollywood, Fla., revealed Dec. 16. Authorities said overwhelming evidence indicated he was abducted and killed by serial killer Ottis Toole, who confessed to the slaying but later recanted before dying in prison at 59 in 1996. "We needed to know, and today we know," said Adam's father, John, 63, host of America's Most Wanted.
Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, 35, filed a suit in L.A. Dec. 23 over the fatal plane crash in Columbiaw.C., that he and rocker Travis Barker survived last September. Goldstein, who suffered severe burns, alleges that the two pilots negligently aborted the takeoff, causing the plane to overrun the runway and crash. Among the defendants are the charter company, Learjet Inc., Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and the estates of the pilots, both of whom died along with two other passengers. Laura Martz, sister of pilot James Bland, tells PEOPLE, "We know the investigation will eventually show the pilots weren't negligent." • Actor Lillo Brancato, 32, who appeared in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale and played aspiring mobster Matt Bevilaqua on The Sopranos in 2000, was acquitted Dec. 22 of murder in connection with the 2005 killing of a New York City police officer. He was, however, found guilty of attempted burglary and will face a maximum of 15 years in prison at his Jan. 9 sentencing. • Paris Hilton
, 27, was robbed of an estimated $2 million in jewels when a man broke into her Sherman Oaks, Calif., home last month. The incident was discovered on Dec. 19, police said. The matter is under investigation. • An Orange County, Calif., judge made a temporary ruling Dec. 17 that actress Jodie Sweetin (inset) may only have custody of her 9-month-old daughter Zoie in the home of her parents, with whom she currently lives, or in her parents' presence. The decision came after her estranged husband, Cody Herpin, 31, spurred an investigation in family court with his allegations of a substance-abuse relapse by the former Full House costar, 26, who has publicly discussed her recovery from crystal meth addiction. An attorney for Sweetin says the actress admitted having a few glasses of wine with friends but denies any claim of continued drug use. "She is currently in a 12-step program and is working hard on her sobriety," says the lawyer. The next hearing is set for Feb. 9.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong, 37, and his girlfriend, nonprofit worker Anna Hansen, are awaiting their first child together, due in June. The seven-time Tour de France winner is father to son Luke, 9, and twin daughters Isabelle and Grace, 7, with ex-wife Kristin. • A third baby is on the way for Grey's Anatomy costar Chyler Leigh, 26, and her husband, actor-musician Nathan West, 30. The couple have son Noah, 5, and daughter Taelyn, 2. • Former Biggest Loser contestants Marty Wolff, 28, and wife Amy, 29, who met on the NBC show and wed in March 2008, will have their first child in July.
Robert Graham, 70, renowned sculptor and husband to actress Anjelica Huston (inset, above), died of an undisclosed illness in Santa Monica Dec. 27. He created such monuments as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the two headless figures known as the "Olympic Gateway" for the 1984 games in L.A. • Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, 78, died following battles with esophageal cancer and an auto-immune disease Dec. 24. His works, including 1958's The Birthday Party and 1964's The Homecoming, famously explored human isolation and fear. • John Costelloe, 47, who played Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski, mobster Vito Spatafore's gay lover on The Sopranos, was found shot in the head in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home Dec. 18. • W. Mark Felt, 95, the former FBI official who revealed he was Watergate's "Deep Throat" in 2005, died in Santa Rosa, Calif., Dec. 18.
Not much, it seems, could stop Eartha Kitt from performing. Just six weeks before losing her battle with colon cancer on Christmas Day, the 81-year-old singer, actress and enduring sex symbol taped a special for PBS. Says Deborah Gibson, 38, her costar in a 2001 stage version of Cinderella: "Eartha had more energy than all of us." During her lauded career, she worked with such varied talents as Orson Welles, Sidney Poitier and Eddie Murphy, recorded the classic "Santa Baby" and vamped it up as Catwoman in TV's Batman in 1966. "We loved her very much, as did all who knew her," says her daughter Kitt Shapiro, 47.
CAYLEE'S REMAINS IDENTIFIED
Authorities in Orlando confirmed Dec. 19 that skeletal body parts found eight days earlier were those of toddler Caylee Anthony (left). Caylee, who would have turned 3 in August, was reported missing in July. Her mother, Casey, 22, is facing charges including first-degree murder in connection with the death. A public memorial (inset) has been created in the wooded area where a meter reader found the remains.