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Lohan relaunches career

Lindsay Lohan says she's "clean and sober" and "a homebody" these days. And she likes it that way.

The troubled starlet's career in recent years has been upstaged by legal and personal problems. But she's on a comeback that now has brought her to NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which she hosts this week.

She acknowledges in an interview for NBC's "Today" show, which airs today, that repairing her damaged reputation could be a lengthy process.

Her next project is playing Elizabeth Taylor in a biopic that she says will start production soon. With that film as well as the "SNL" gig, she vows to "not let anyone down, especially myself."


An Affleck son is born

Ben Affleck is using Facebook to announce the birth of his son with wife Jennifer Garner.

The actor posted on his timeline that he and Garner are "happy" about the arrival of Samuel Garner Affleck, born Feb. 27. He describes the baby as "healthy."

This is the couple's third child and first son. Samuel joins sisters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3.

Affleck and Garner were married in 2005. They met on the set of the movie "Daredevil," based on a comic book series.


Freeman restaurant closes

Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner are ending their 10-year run as owners of an upscale restaurant in the heart of the impoverished Mississippi Delta.

Freeman's partner, attorney Bill Luckett, told the Associated Press that Madidi Restaurant in Clarksdale was having its closing party Wednesday night.

In separate statements, Luckett and Freeman said the restaurant had helped spur redevelopment in Clarkesdale.

Freeman said they have watched downtown Clarksdale take on a new life and they "are proud to have been a part of that."

Yet Luckett said the restaurant "has never made money," and neither he nor Freeman has the time to manage it.

The restaurant offered what Luckett called "Americanized French" cuisine.


Beatles preserved

The childhood homes of former Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the two wrote some of their early songs, will be preserved, the government said Wednesday.

Lennon's house in South Liverpool and McCartney's nearby row home will be granted a grade 2 listing, which means they cannot be altered without the permission of local officials, said Britain's Heritage Minister John Penrose.

The decision means the homes of one of Britain's greatest songwriting teams will be protected for generations to come. Their work has long been associated with the northern port city of Liverpool, particularly because of songs like "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" that celebrated their childhood haunts.

The National Trust has already restored the houses to look as they did when Lennon and McCartney were growing up.

-- From News and wire services