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Monitor: July 4, 2014

Katie Couric gets married, Kenan Thompson welcomes a new baby girl, and more

Wedding News
Katie Couric, 57, wed financier John Molner, 51, at her East Hampton, N.Y., home on June 21….Veep’s Reid Scott, 36, married longtime girlfriend Elspeth Keller in a small ceremony in L.A. on June 21…. Lorde’s parents — Vic O’Connor, a civil engineer, and Sonja Yelich, a poet — got engaged after nearly 30 years together. The 17-year-old ”Royals” singer revealed the happy news on Twitter, adding, ”I have seen a diamond now.”

Babies
It’s a girl for Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, 36, and wife Christina Evangeline. Georgia Marie Thompson was born on June 20.

Updates
Tracy Morgan, 45, has been transferred from hospital care to an undisclosed rehabilitation center, where he’s expected to spend the next several weeks recovering from a June 7 car crash. A rep for the former 30 Rock star says: ”While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.”… Dan Dotson, the auctioneer on A&E’s Storage Wars, is recuperating at a medical center in Palm Springs, Calif., following a double aneurysm.

Courts
Activist and documentary filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi, 39, has begun serving a five-year prison sentence in Iran, prompting an international outcry. She has been accused of working with the BBC and creating anti-Iranian propaganda, charges that she denies…. Former Sesame Street puppeteer and Elmo voice Kevin Clash, 53, has been cleared of another sexual-battery claim. A federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed the suit because it exceeded the statute of limitations…. Charges have been dropped against Paul Simon, 72, and wife Edie Brickell, 48, following an April 26 fight at their Connecticut home.

Deaths
Comedian and singer Steve Rossi, half of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi — staples on The Ed Sullivan Show — died in Las Vegas on June 22 after battling cancer. He was 82…. Gerry Goffin, who co-wrote many beloved songs of the 1960s alongside then wife Carole King, including ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” died at the age of 75 at his L.A. home on June 19…. Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman died on June 21 in Nashville. He was 86…. Nate Estimada, who starred on E!’s Men of the Strip, committed suicide in Las Vegas on June 18. He was 24.