This makes Goldie Hawn grandma

Los Angeles -- Kate Hudson and her husband, rocker Chris Robinson, have had their first child, a boy.

Ryder Russell Robinson was born Wednesday in Los Angeles, weighing in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Hudson, 24, daughter of Goldie Hawn, and former Black Crowes singer Robinson, 37, have been married since 2000.

This just in

New York -- CBS News anchor Dan Rather is off the air for a few days after a minor dermatological procedure on his face.

The 72-year-old had some basal skin cells removed as a precautionary measure, the network said Wednesday.

There's no indication that the cells were cancerous, CBS said. Basal skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer, often developing because of prolonged exposure to the sun.

Rather is expected back on the "CBS Evening News" sometime next week.

Irwin still in the hunt

Sydney, Australia -- Steve Irwin is still in the running for Australian of the Year, despite criticism for feeding a 13-foot crocodile while holding his baby son.

The TV host of the "Crocodile Hunter" wildlife program has been nominated by his home state, Queensland, for the top national award.

State Premier Peter Beattie said Tuesday he wouldn't retract his nomination of Irwin. "He has been one of the best ambassadors for Queensland in the modern era. He is known internationally," Beattie said.

Lords of the beads

New Orleans -- Hobbits are coming to Mardi Gras.

Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" films, and Dominic Monaghan, who played his Hobbit buddy Merry, will be celebrity monarchs in big Carnival parades before the Feb. 24 Fat Tuesday blowout.

Wood will ride in the Sunday night parade of the Krewe of Bacchus, and Monaghan will ride Monday with the Krewe of Orpheus.

The two parades, with more than 1,000 riders in each, are highlights of the long weekend of parades and street parties leading up to Mardi Gras.

Madonna endorses Wesley Clark

Washington -- The Material Girl hopes people pay attention to her latest offstage act: Endorsing Wesley Clark for president.

Madonna posted a letter Wednesday on her eponymous Web site urging others to follow her.

"I am writing to you because the future I wish for my children is at risk," said the mother of two, who criticized the current White House occupant. "I'm supporting Wes Clark because in him I see the qualifications, character and vision that we so desperately need."


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