NEW YORK (AP) - Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner. Couric's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine. Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of "Today," a diamond ring over the weekend in East Hampton. Molner, 50, is a partner at investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, who oversees mergers and acquisitions advisory work for the firm's corporate clients. The couple has dated nearly two years. Couric's late husband Jay Monahan died in 1998 from colon cancer. She is the mother of two daughters, now 21 and 17. Her talk show, "Katie," starts its second season Sept. 9.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are joining Keith Urban as "American Idol" judges next season. Fox TV announced the revamped panel Tuesday, along with a new role for original judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season, will serve as in-house mentor to the show's contestants. Pop star and actress Lopez is returning to the show after a two-season run as judge. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several appearances on the singing contest. Urban's return for a second year of judging was previously announced. American Idol" begins its 13th season next January.
NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus says in an interview clip that she doesn't listen to the negative comments regarding her performance on the MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star says she felt she and Robin Thicke were making history with the risque performance of their hits "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines." The comments were Cyrus' first since the Aug. 25 show. The clip was recorded last week and posted Tuesday morning on MTV's website. Cyrus compares the performance to that of Madonna and Britney Spears, who once kissed on air. Cyrus says she is surprised people were still talking about it three days later: "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. I didn't even think about it because that's just me."
NEW YORK (AP) - Maria Shriver says her daughter is so terrified of her mother getting Alzheimer's disease that she's constantly introducing her to games that will keep her mom's mind active. There's a family history to explain the concern: Maria Shriver's father, Sargent, died of Alzheimer's at age 95 in 2011. Maria, who is back at NBC News, began a weeklong series of reports on Alzheimer's that is airing on the "Today" show, "Nightly News" and other network platforms starting Tuesday. Shriver told of her daughter's concern Tuesday on a Google Plus discussion that also featured actor Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller. Rogen says he's encouraged that the disease is starting to get more visibility. Shriver's series will also discuss an experimental drug given to people before they exhibit symptoms.