x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Kelly Clarkson announces birth of daughter

Plus: Ness Wadia booked over Zinta's molestation charge; NBC's Matt Lauer is sticking with the Today show; and San Fransisco ups campaign to win Lucas museum.

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock. Win McNamee / AP Photo
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock. Win McNamee / AP Photo

Kelly Clarkson is celebrating the birth of her first child. The Grammy winner announced the arrival of her daughter, named River Rose Blackstock, in a Saturday post on Twitter. She says the baby arrived on June 12 and she and her husband are “on cloud 9”. Her representative confirmed the tweet. The 32-year-old singer, known for hits such as Stronger and Since U Been Gone, married the music manager Brandon Blackstock last year. – AP

Ness Wadia booked over Zinta’s molestation charge

The Indian industrialist Ness Wadia was booked by the Mumbai police on Saturday over an alleged molestation charge made by his former girlfriend, the actress Preity Zinta. Wadia denied the charges. The report was lodged on the basis of a written complaint Zinta filed on Thursday. An investigating officer said police have started interviewing witnesses and will also scan CCTV footage of the alleged incident, which took place on May 30 in Mumbai during an Indian Premier League game. – IANS

NBC’s Matt Lauer is sticking with the Today show

With things looking up for the Today show after a dark period, Matt Lauer decided to stick around and NBC is happy to have him. The network said on Friday that Lauer had agreed to a contract extension to continue as the co-host of the morning show, as he’s been since 1997. The show is trying to recover the dominance it lost to its rival Good Morning America in the past few years. Lauer’s popularity took a major hit two years ago following the messy departure of his co-host Ann Curry. Despite that, NBC’s own research showed that losing Lauer would be much more damaging and his bosses let him know he was still wanted. He told management last week that he wanted to stay and an agreement was reached quickly. – AP

San Francisco ups campaign to win Lucas museum

San Francisco politicians and property groups are rolling out the welcome mat for George Lucas’s collection of American art and movie memorabilia in an effort to keep the Star Wars creator from building his proposed museum in Chicago or Los Angeles. Mayor Ed Lee had banners reading “George Lucas, please build your museum in San Francisco for the world to enjoy” hung in the city in hopes it will be the future home of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. Lee and several former mayors have also sent Lucas a letter assuring him of their support. – AP