- - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Duggar family matriarch expecting 20th child

The Duggar brood continues to grow.

The family featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” has revealed matriarch Michelle Duggar is 3 1/2 months pregnant with her 20th child, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In true Duggar fashion, the family appeared in full on the “Today” show to announce the good news.

“We are due in April and just thrilled,” Mrs. Duggar told Ann Curry during the broadcast. “We have the motto in our house that there’s always room for one more.”

“I don’t know how it happened!” joked her husband, Jim Bob Duggar.

The couple welcomed their 19th child, Josie, in 2009. During the pregnancy, Mrs. Duggar suffered gallbladder problems and preeclampsia, a rapid rise in blood pressure, giving birth to Josie 3 1/2 months prematurely. At birth, the infant weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces but is now a healthy toddler about to celebrate her second birthday.

The family is gearing up for the ninth season of their reality program, set to debut Nov. 13. As for welcoming more children into their home, the family is always open to the possibility.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Mrs. Duggar said. “We would love however many the Lord sees fit to give us.”

Show on Jackson’s doctor promises inside story

Just days after the guilty verdict for Conrad Murray, MSNBC will broadcast a documentary that promises to give the inside story of Michael Jackson’s doctor, the Associated Press reports.

MSNBC said Murray, who did not take the stand at his trial, will break his silence in the program, “Michael Jackson and the Doctor,” which has been two years in the making. Murray reveals personal details of his relationship with the King of Pop, as well as untold events that led to Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.

The network announced the film will have its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Friday. It will be repeated at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Murray was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter for supplying Jackson with a drug he craved for sleep.

Ellen DeGeneres named special AIDS envoy

The Obama administration has announced $60 million in additional funding to fight AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, and a new special envoy to raise global awareness about the deadly disease: Ellen DeGeneres.

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