updated 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

Former child star Molly Ringwald, 40, who plays the mother of a pregnant teen on the ABC Family drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager, is awaiting twins with her husband, writer and book editor Panio Gianopoulos, 33. This will be the first boy and second girl for the couple, who have daughter Mathilda, 5.

Actor Shia LaBeouf's driver's license has been suspended for at least one year due to his July 2008 car crash. The penalty took effect Jan. 17 because the Transformers star, 22, "refused a chemical test" after his truck hit another vehicle and flipped upside down, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Although they initially booked him for DUI, authorities declined to file charges due to insufficient evidence. • The father of Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere, 19, Alan, 49, was sentenced in Beverly Hills Jan. 22 to two years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery for hitting wife Lesley, 52. Alan, who was arrested at the family's West Hollywood home last August, was ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and pay $400 in fines. •Arthur Moreira, 27, a stage manager for a storage and production facility used by the NBC series Lipstick Jungle, was arrested in New York City Jan. 23 and charged with stealing nearly $30,000 worth of wardrobe from the set and trying to sell the luxury goods on eBay. Investigators posing as buyers found at Moreira's apartment 16 missing items, including designer suits, coats and bags.

A live set of octuplets was born—for only the second time in the U.S.—to an unidentified mother in Bellflower, Calif., Jan. 26. Weighing between 1 lb. 8 oz. and 3 lbs. 4 oz., all eight newborns are doing "very, very well," a doctor said the following day.

Singer Geri Halliwell, 36, a.k.a. Ginger Spice from the British group Spice Girls, is set to wed Italian businessman Fabrizio Politi. The pair, who met in December, have "no immediate plans for marriage as the couple are enjoying their engagement," says her rep.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike, 76, died of lung cancer in Beverly Farms, Mass., Jan. 27. Updike, who wrote more than 50 books, plus short stories and poetry, won the award in 1982 for his novel Rabbit Is Rich and in 1991 for its sequel Rabbit at Rest, about a faded high-school basketball star. • Blind 16-year-old Ben Underwood, who gained widespread attention for his echolocation—the use of sound waves for navigation—died at his home in Elk Grove, Calif., Jan. 19 of the retinal cancer that robbed him of his vision at age 3.

Model Mariana Bridi da Costa, 20, died in Serra, Brazil, Jan. 24 of complications from a rapidly spreading infection that led to septic shock and severe tissue damage. Just weeks earlier doctors amputated her hands and feet in an effort to halt the infection. Prior to being stricken by the drug-resistant bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bridi da Costa had been a 2007 and 2008 finalist in the Brazilian stage of the Miss World pageant.

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