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Jude Law, Conan O'Brien, and Kelly Rutherford were in the news the week of October 2

BIRTHS
On Sept. 22, Samantha Burke, 24, welcomed daughter Sophia, whose father is actor Jude Law, 36. Burke and Law had a relationship last year but have now split. In July, a rep for Law said he’ll be ”a fully supportive part of the child’s life.”… Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo, 39, and husband Chris Ivery greeted their first child, daughter Stella, on Sept. 15 in L.A…. The Early Show coanchor and Big Brother host Julie Chen, 39, and her husband, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves, 59, had their first child, son Charlie, on Sept. 24…. Musician Ben Lee, 31, and wife Ione Skye, 39, welcomed daughter Goldie on Sept. 24.

ADOPTED
Recent Emmy winner Jon Cryer, 44, and his wife, Lisa Joyner, 42, have adopted a 1-month-old girl named Daisy.

MARRIED
After dating for a month, Khloé Kardashian, 25, and basketball star Lamar Odom, 29, tied the knot Sept. 27 in Beverly Hills…. Actress Claire Danes, 30, and actor Hugh Dancy, 34, wed a few weeks ago in France….My Name Is Earl’s Jaime Pressly, 32, and lawyer Simran Singh said ”I do” on Sept. 26 in Malibu, Calif.

SPLIT
The little-publicized marriage between actress Emmy Rossum, 23, and music executive Justin Siegel is ending, according to divorce papers Siegel filed Sept. 25 in L.A. The couple married in 2008.

UPDATE
John Travolta, 55, testified Sept. 23 in the Bahamas at the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who allegedly sought $25 million from Travolta in exchange for not making public a ”refusal of treatment or transportation” document the actor signed on the day of his son Jett’s seizure-induced death. On the stand, Travolta publicly acknowledged for the first time that his son was autistic.

RECOVERING
On Sept. 25, The Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien, 46, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. after suffering a slight concussion while taping a stunt with guest Teri Hatcher. ”I hit my head so hard that for five seconds I actually understood the plot of Lost,” O’Brien joked when he returned to the show on Sept. 28.

COURTS
On Sept. 29, a New York appeals court dismissed the $70 million lawsuit that Dan Rather, 77, filed against CBS in 2007. Rather alleged he had been unfairly removed from his anchor job on the CBS Evening News, but the court ruled that CBS didn’t breach his contract. Rather’s lawyer, Martin R. Gold, has said he will appeal the decision…. Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane, 36, and his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, 38, are suing Gawker Media for posting a nude video of the couple on its Defamer website in August, according to papers filed Sept. 23 in L.A. The couple is seeking more than $1 million in damages…. Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford, 40, obtained a temporary restraining order against estranged husband Daniel Giersch, 36, according to papers filed Sept. 24 in L.A. In the order, Rutherford alleges that Giersch has been doing ”everything he can to sabotage my otherwise calm and organized life.” Giersch plans to contest the order. ”These fabricated accusations are intended to harm Daniel’s reputation,” his lawyer told EW. The separated couple has two children.

DEATHS
William Safire, 79, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times and a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, died Sept. 27 of pancreatic cancer in Rockville, Md…. Lucy Vodden, 46, the inspiration for the Beatles song ”Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” died Sept. 22 in Norfolk, England, after a battle with lupus.
Additional reporting by Stewart Allen

SNL F-Word Slip: What’s the Big Deal?
It’s not easy to steal a show from Megan Fox, but Saturday Night Live’s Jenny Slate freakin’ did it her first night on the job. In the Fox-hosted season opener on Sept. 26, Slate dropped an accidental F-bomb, saying ”I f—ing love you for that” in a sketch littered with farcical ”freakin”’s. Slate’s mishap quickly had the Internet in an uproar, with speculation swirling that she might be fired (she won’t be, according to an NBC rep). But was it really such huge news? For one thing, it happened around 12:40 a.m. — not exactly Sesame Street hour. And it wasn’t the first time somebody effed up on SNL. Cast member Charles Rocket got fired in 1981 after cursing, and Paul Shaffer and Norm Macdonald said the F-word in 1980 and 1997, respectively. ”When you put someone on live TV, you are trusting them,” says Shaffer, who writes about his own transgression in the upcoming memoir We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives. ”It was obvious she did not betray that trust on purpose. You’re fooling around with language and obscenity. That is the joke. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
Jennifer Armstrong