Names in the news, April 26

Posted April 25, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

People magazine has named Beyonce as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2012.

The 30-year-old singer tops the magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Beautiful” in a special double issue. The announcement was made Wednesday. Commenting on her selection, Beyonce tells People: “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth.”

Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January. “She’s just the cutest thing,” says the Grammy winner, who sings to her daughter and claims to “love” changing diapers. Does Blue resemble mom or dad? “She looks like Blue,” the singer says. “She’s her own person.” “The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” she adds. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.” Other celebrities on the list include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Pare of “Mad Men.” … Police and California child welfare officials who visited Nadya Suleman’s home in La Habra, Calif., after someone claimed that her 14 children were living in squalor say they did not find evidence that the children are in any danger. La Habra police Sgt. Daniel Barnes says officers and Orange County Department of Family and Children’s Services officials examined Suleman’s home in Southern California on Tuesday and did not find anything unusual. The entertainment news website TMZ.com says Suleman’s hairstylist told police the house was a mess and there was only one working toilet in the home. Barnes told City News Service that someone reported filth in the home. The 36-year-old Suleman became known as Octomom after she gave birth to eight babies in January 2009. They are the world’s longest-living octuplets.

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