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SPLITS Actress Juliette Lewis, 29, has filed for divorce from her husband, skateboarder Steve Berra, after nearly four years.

BIRTHS Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, 33, is recuperating from another exhausting event -- delivery. The actress and husband Michael Douglas, 58, welcomed Carys Zeta Douglas on April 20 in Ridgewood, N.J. She joins brother Dylan Michael, 2.... L.A. Laker Shaquille O'Neal, 31, scored again: The center and wife Shaunie, 28, a former film marketer, had their third child, a boy, Shaquir Rashaun, April 19.

AILING Grammy-winning R&B crooner Luther Vandross, 52, is in critical condition in New York City after an April 16 stroke. He will remain hospitalized for at least two more weeks, according to his J. Records rep.

ENGAGED Rocker Melissa Etheridge, 41, and Popular actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, 28, announced they are planning to marry this winter. Etheridge previously spent 12 years with Julie Cypher, who gave birth to the couple's two children.

COURTS Four Creed fans filed a class-action suit April 21 alleging lead singer Scott Stapp was reportedly ''so intoxicated and/or medicated'' at a Dec. 29 concert in Rosemont, Ill.'s Allstate Arena that he was unable to sing. They reportedly want $2 million to cover the estimated 15,000 fans' ticket and parking costs. A Creed rep did not return calls for comment; however, the band issued an apology for the sub-par performance shortly after the show.... Looks like Spidey's in trouble again. Comic-book pub Marvel Enterprises Inc. wants out of its 1999 licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and would like a jury to decide the outcome. Judge Alexander Williams heard from both sides April 21 and denied Sony's request for closed proceedings.... On April 16, Marlon Brando, 79, settled the $100 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by his former maid, Maria Cristina Ruiz, 44, who claims he fathered her three kids, now 9, 11, and 14. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Brando's lawyer declined to comment; Ruiz's lawyer called the settlement ''amicable.''... Tommy Lee, 40, was cleared in the death of the 4-year-old boy who drowned during a birthday party at Lee's house two years ago.... Jim Carrey, 41, has reportedly resolved a child-support dispute with his ex-wife after she filed court papers earlier this month in Los Angeles. Melissa Carrey argued that their 15-year-old daughter Jane's $10,000 child support was not sufficient to meet the teen's needs. The Almighty actor has agreed to increase the monthly stipend to an undisclosed amount.

DEATHS New Orleans blues singer-songwriter Earl King (Johnson), 69, from diabetes-related complications, in his Louisiana hometown, April 17. Among his hits: ''Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)'' and ''Street Parade.''... Songwriter Felice Bryant, 77, from cancer, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on April 22. Bryant cowrote ''Wake Up Little Susie'' and ''Bye Bye Love'' for the Everly Brothers.... Production designer and art director Jan Scott, 88, of natural causes in her Hollywood Hills home, April 17. Scott won more prime-time Emmy awards than any other woman and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 2001.... Diet doctor Robert Atkins, 72, who promoted a popular low-carb plan, from head injuries due to a fall, April 17, in New York City. -- Sumeet Bal and Jennifer Armstrong

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