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Monitor: Dec. 2, 2011

Connie Britton adopts, Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner split, and more

Births
American Horror Story's Connie Britton, 44, has adopted a 9-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia named Eyob.

Splits
Melrose Place stars Heather Locklear, 50, and Jack Wagner, 52, have broken off their engagement. The couple, who had been dating since 2007, became engaged in August.

Updates
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department announced on Nov. 17 that it would reopen the investigation of West Side Story actress Natalie Wood's 1981 death. Her drowning was ruled accidental, but Lieut. John Corina said that the department had ''received credible and...substantial information'' that has caused them to reopen the case.... The queen-size headboard from the bed in which Michael Jackson died has been removed from the auction of items from the pop star's former residence set to occur on Dec. 17.

Courts
A woman filmed for the upcoming Bravo reality show Shahs of Sunset, about a group of young Persian-Americans in L.A., filed a suit against producer Ryan Seacrest, 36, on Nov. 17, claiming that the show maliciously portrays her as a ''bad girl.'' She is seeking an injunction against footage featuring her, and $100,000 in damages.... Although Justin Bieber's accuser Mariah Yeater, 20, withdrew her paternity suit, which claimed that Bieber, 17, was the father of her baby, the pop star has stated that he still plans on taking a DNA test to prove his innocence.

Deaths
Actor Karl Sover, one of the last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, passed away on Nov. 15. He was 93.

Birthdays
Nov. 26: Tina Turner, 72
Nov. 28: Jon Stewart, 49
Nov. 29: Anna Faris, 35
Nov. 30: Ben Stiller, 46; Dick Clark, 82

(Additional reporting by Stewart Allen)

Originally posted Nov 25, 2011 Published in issue #1183 Dec 02, 2011 Order article reprints