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It's a girl for De Niro

Robert De Niro is a father again.

Stan Rosenfield, the 68-year-old actor's spokesman, says De Niro and his 56-year-old wife, Grace Hightower, welcomed a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce baby girl named Helen Grace Hightower through a surrogate mother Friday in Los Angeles.

She is the couple's second child. Their son, Elliot, is 13. No other details were provided.

The "New Year's Eve" and "Limitless" star has four other children from previous relationships.

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Gibson's long marriage ends

Mel Gibson's three-decade marriage is officially over.

A judge in Los Angeles finalized the actor-director's divorce Friday from his wife, Robyn, who was married to Gibson during his acting heyday and his more recent public downfall.

The judgment entered by Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas keeps virtually all details of the pair's split confidential. Neither Gibson nor his ex-wife, whose name is being restored to Robyn Moore, attended Friday's proceedings.

It does not indicate an official date for the former couple's separation. Robyn Moore did not list a date in her April 2009 divorce filing, although Gibson indicated they had been living apart since 2006.

The former couple have seven children together, but only their 12-year-old son is a minor and subject to a custody agreement.

The Gibsons' divorce has been more dramatically more low-key than Gibson's custody battle with Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, who the "Braveheart" star agreed in August to pay $750,000 to settle a bitter dispute and split custody of their young daughter.

Recordings that sounded distinctly like the Oscar-winning director engaged in a racist and sexist tirade were leaked during the couple's dispute. Grigorieva accused Gibson of domestic violence, and he pleaded no contest, although admitted no fault, to a misdemeanor battery count earlier in March.

Robyn Moore came to her estranged husband's defense, filing a brief declaration in the Grigorieva case stating that Gibson had never physically abused her or their children.

Attorneys handling the divorce have worked for months to reach a settlement in the case, and records show Robyn Moore signed the final judgment last week. Gibson signed it Wednesday, records show.

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No paucity of princes

Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren are paying a Christmas visit to her husband, Prince Philip, in the hospital where he is recovering from a heart procedure.

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry drove in separate cars to Papworth Hospital from Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II's sprawling estate where the royal family has gathered to celebrate Christmas.

Prince Andrew's daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, also came to the hospital Sunday, along with Princess Anne's children, Zara and Peter.

Philip was forced to miss the royal family's traditional Christmas celebrations because he had a coronary stent put in Friday after suffering chest pains.

Buckingham Palace has said Philip is in "good spirits."

-- From News and wire services