Roberts out of hospital
NEW YORK - ABC's Robin Roberts has come home from the hospital three weeks after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
After thanking her doctors and nurses and singing "Amen," the "Good Morning America" host began the next stage of recovery from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. Her sister was the donor for her bone marrow.
While leaving the hospital after a month is a big first step. Roberts' doctor explained that it still will take time for the patient to gather strength and build up her immune system.
"Good Morning America," now the top-rated network morning show, aired a story about Wednesday's homecoming. The show has brought in occasional celebrity guest hosts such as Stephen Colbert to fill in for Roberts.
Hanks on Broadway
NEW YORK - Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring.
Producers of Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy" announced Thursday that Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography. Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, had been in negotiations for the role when Ephron died this summer. Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre and an opening night is set for April 1.
Bieber's surprising relatives
SALT LAKE CITY - Call it the Canadian dynasty of teenybopper pop and movie stardom.
Genealogists at Ancestry.com say they've discovered teen idol Justin Bieber is a distant cousin of movie star Ryan Gosling and singer Avril Lavigne. Their family link dates back to some of Quebec's earliest settlers 400 years ago, the Utah-based company said Thursday.
As if Bieber didn't have enough superstar genes, Ancestry.com also said he's a distant relative of singer Celine Dion.
"The great thing about family history is that you never know what you're going to find," said Michelle Ercanback, a researcher with Ancentry.com. "It was a very pleasant surprise." Researchers found was that Bieber and Gosling are 11th cousins once removed, and Bieber and Lavigne are 12th cousins.
Beck's empty SUV crashes
LODI, N.Y. - Radio talk show host Glenn Beck's family had a close call when their sport utility vehicle rolled down a steep hill in New York's Finger Lakes region just after they had exited the SUV.
In an account of the mishap posted on Beck's website, TheBlaze.com, he says he was hugging his newly married daughter as his wife got their young son out of the vehicle. They had just arrived at the cottage rented for the daughter's wedding reception last weekend in Lodi, on Seneca Lake. Beck says the SUV slid down the hill and overturned, coming to rest near the shoreline.
NEW YORK - One of the few couples from ABC's "The Bachelor" franchise to marry is now expecting their first child. Jason and Molly Malaney Mesnick's baby is due in March. Thirty-six-year-old Jason Mesnick announced the news on Twitter.
Twenty-eight-year-old Molly Mesnick also took to Twitter saying they were excited "about the pint size peanut on the way."
The couple met on the 13th season of "The Bachelor." Molly was actually the runner-up to the winner Melissa Rycroft. Mesnick proposed to Rycroft but ended up breaking up later, saying he still had feelings for Molly.
'Bears' actress killed
LOS ANGELES - Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills earned her the role of a youth league pitcher in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears," has died in a Los Angeles car crash. She was 20.
Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was struck by another car at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 10. Her brother, Frankie Kane, tells the Times that Kane was pronounced dead at a hospital.