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Kim, Kanye and new baby will make three

  • December 31, 2012 - 6:13 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are feeling lucky about their first child together. "It's true," the 32-year-old reality TV star said in a statement on her site Monday. "Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us."

Kardashian's father, Robert Kardashian, died in 2003. West's mother, Donda West, died in 2007.

The 35-year-old rapper revealed to a crowd of more than 5,000 in song form at a concert Sunday that his girlfriend is pregnant. Kardashian was in the crowd at Revel Resort's Ovation Hall in Atlantic City with her mother, Kris Jenner, and West's mentor and best friend, Jay-Z. The news instantly went viral online.

Most of the Kardashian clan tweeted about the news, including Kim's sisters. Kourtney Kardashian wrote: "Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!"

The rapper and reality TV star went public with their relationship in March. Oh, by the way, Kardashian is still married to NBA player Kris Humphries, a former prep star at Hopkins High who also played for the Gophers. The two married in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized.

Goodall is Rose Parade grand marshal

The Rose Parade might be Pasadena's premier event, but its 2013 grand marshal admits she learned about it only after receiving her title. "When you grow up in England and spend all your time in Tanzania ... I hadn't heard of the Rose Parade," Jane Goodall said. Goodall is perhaps best known for setting up shop in 1960 in what is now Tanzania to conduct groundbreaking research on wild chimpanzees. Now 78, she remains focused on issues involving conservation, crisscrossing the globe to visit schools and give lectures. Tuesday's Rose Parade will be a "wonderful way" to share her mission, Goodall said, given the tens of thousands of people who watch it.

"It's an opportunity to send a message to many people who might not hear it otherwise," Goodall said. "I think there'll be quite a few people who might have heard of me but might not think about the message I have."

That message, Goodall explained, is simple. "It's up to us to save some of these amazing places that our children today can go to for the future," she said. "Millions and millions of people making the right choices for the future is going to lead to the kind of change we need."

SWEATER POWER: Myanmar's cash-strapped opposition party is tapping into the prestige of its leader: Two sweaters hand-knit by Aung San Suu Kyi have been auctioned for $123,000.

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