Names in the news, Oct. 21

Posted Oct. 20, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, have welcomed their first child, a little girl named Giulia. Bruni, a model and singer before her role as French first lady, delivered around 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clinique de la Muette in Paris. The couple intended to keep the news private, but one report said an official visit to a waste management plant melted the leader’s heart, as employees offered gifts of congratulations for the new arrival. Bruni most recently appeared in Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris.” The couple previously expressed the desire that images of their daughter not be sold or shared with media. … Actors Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson have finally tied the knot, after an eight-year courtship. The couple wed before friends and family in a castle with the landscape of Tipperary, Ireland, behind them, says People magazine. Masterson and Phillips got engaged in 2009, but volcano Eyjafjallajokull, whose volcanic ash cloud grounded flights, delayed the couple’s planned nuptials in Iceland. Masterson, of “That ‘70s Show” fame, had brother Chris as his best man. Other guests included actors Chris Mena and Ben Foster. … An expert on the powerful anesthetic propofol told jurors in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, Thursday there was no way Michael Jackson could have caused his own death by swallowing the drug. Dr. Steven Shafer said it’s impossible for the drug to enter the bloodstream in any sizeable amount if it is swallowed. He also told jurors it was highly unlikely the singer gave himself a fatal injection of the medication, or swallowed a lethal dose of a sedative. Coroner’s officials determined Jackson died from acute propofol intoxication, and Murray has acknowledged giving the singer the drug as a sleep aid.

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