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Last Update on August 29, 2014 13:26 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- On Wednesday, Joan Rivers seemed the picture of health -- as she attended an event for Time Incorporated employees in New York. But less than 12 hours later, her life appeared to be hanging in the balance. The veteran comedian is in a New York City hospital after being rushed from a doctor's office. Her heart stopped. No one is saying officially what her condition is -- and it's unclear what her prospects of recovery are because it's unknown how long her body was deprived of oxygen. Rivers is 81. In a statement, Melissa Rivers says her mother was "resting comfortably" with family. But the statement didn't give any details about her mother's condition. Melissa Rivers' statement adds the family offers thanks for the "overwhelming love and support" for her mother. Joan Rivers has spent a half-century in show business. Though recently she has become known for her snarky comments about celebrities on the red carpet, at one time, she was considered the top female standup comic of her time.

Joan Rivers suffered a heart attack yesterday. The AP's Jamie Friar reports she's now in a New York hospital.


NEW YORK (AP) -- First came love, then the baby carriages. And now, it's finally marriage for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple named "Brangelina" by members of the Hollywood news media has tied the knot. There had been talk for two years that Pitt would finally "put a ring on it" -- but when or where would it happen? We now know it was Saturday in Southern France -- but until The Associated Press nailed it down yesterday, there'd been no word on the celebrity nuptials. The AP source says Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval in the hamlet of Correns. The couple had lived at the home since 2008. Pitt and Jolie have been together nearly a decade-- and have six children. All the children took part in the wedding.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the wedding was a long time coming.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports neither party to this marriage is a newbie at walking down the aisle.

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Warren Levinson

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have gone by one name -- Brangelina -- for a while, have made it legal. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports.

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Jake Coyle

AP correspondent Jake Coyle reports all six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's children took part in the wedding ceremony.

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Jake Coyle

AP correspondent Jake Coyle reports Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married in a small private ceremony Saturday in the south of France.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The butler didn't do it. For that matter, neither did the baker, the florist, the caterer -- or anyone else involved in the wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The big story yesterday wasn't that they had gotten married over the weekend -- it was that they had managed to get married without word of the wedding leaking out. How'd they do it? One big-time party organizer says a growing number of celebrities are doing everything they can to keep details about the weddings from being leaked. And Pitt and Jolie were able to pull that off. David Tutera says one big help in keeping plans under wraps: confidentiality agreements for vendors. Such legal documents bind vendors to pay fines if they blab about what they are doing.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman won't end up doing time in a drug case. Robert Vineberg has struck a plea deal with authorities in New York City after being busted after the actor OD'd on heroin in February. Vineberg was arrested as police chased leads in Hoffman's case -- but he wasn't charged with having a role in the actor's death. Vineberg's guilty plea to heroin possession means he has to serve five years' probation. He could have faced a more serious drug charge that could have resulted in his doing jail time -- and being deported to his native Canada.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Shakira, Shakira. Baby, baby. The singer and coach on "The Voice" is now expecting her second child. She made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday. And her rep confirms the accounts are real. No additional details about the pregnancy were revealed online. Shakira and soccer player Gerard Pique had their first child last year. Shakira is 37 -- and her beau is 10 years younger.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor says the state should keep fighting a court ruling that makes it appear legal to marry more than one wife. Gary Herbert says state laws should be defended in court until all appeals have run out. A court has struck down key parts of a law that criminalizes polygamy. The ruling comes down in favor of the family that stars in the reality TV show "Sister Wives."

Rewind Time

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY') in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

On this date:

In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa (ah-tuh-WAHL'-puh), was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, Alexandria, Virginia, formally surrendered to British military forces, which occupied the city until September 3.

In 1864, the Democratic National Convention, which nominated Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan for president, opened in Chicago.

In 1877, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 76.

In 1910, Korean Emperor Sunjong abdicated as the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty went into effect.

In 1935, the film "Top Hat," starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

In 1958, pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana.

In 1964, Roy Orbison's single "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released on the Monument label.

In 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz of the United States won the third of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter freestyle.

In 1982, Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died in London on her 67th birthday.

In 1987, Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Arizona, at age 63.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.

Ten years ago: Tropical Storm Gaston made landfall in South Carolina at near-hurricane strength. Protesters filling 20 city blocks peacefully swarmed Manhattan's streets on the eve of the Republican National Convention to demand that President George W. Bush be turned out of office. A car bomb at the office of a U.S. security contractor in Afghanistan killed about ten people, including three Americans. Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece, for the Olympic games.

Five years ago: Funeral services were held in Boston for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was eulogized by President Barack Obama; hours later, Kennedy's remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington. Eight people were found beaten to death at a mobile home in Glynn County, Georgia; family member Guy Heinze Jr., who reported finding the bodies, was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts blazed into orbit on a flight to the international space station.

One year ago: In a sweeping new policy statement, the Justice Department said it would not stand in the way of states that wanted to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana as long as there were effective controls to keep marijuana away from kids, the black market and federal property. The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems they say were caused by the on-field clashes.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betty Lynn (TV: "The Andy Griffith Show") is 88. Movie director William Friedkin is 79. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 78. Actor Elliott Gould is 76. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 75. TV personality Robin Leach is 73. Actor Ray Wise is 67. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 62. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is 59. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 58. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 58. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 55. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello (n-DAY'-gay-OH'-chehl-oh) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 44. Actress Carla Gugino is 43. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 39. Actor John Hensley is 37. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 34. Rapper A+ is 32. Actress Jennifer Landon is 31. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 29. Actress-singer Lea Michele (TV: "Glee") is 28. Rock singer Liam Payne (One Direction) is 21.

Thought for Today: "People are very open-minded about new things -- as long as they're exactly like the old ones." -- Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (1876-1958).