February 26, 2013 in Nation/World

Secrecy for Jackson is wedding day bliss

 

Al Mana and Jackson
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Janet Jackson knows how to keep a secret: The singer has been married since last year.

A representative for Jackson confirmed Monday that the musician and Wissam Al Mana wed last year.

This is Jackson’s second secret marriage. She secretly married Rene Elizondo Jr. in 1991. They separated in 1999.

The 46-year-old Jackson first tied the knot when she was 18 to singer James DeBarge, which lasted three months in 1984.

In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, Jackson and Al Mana said their wedding was a “quiet, private and beautiful ceremony.”

Shatner’s Pluto moon name prevails

“Star Trek” fans, rejoice.

An online vote to name Pluto’s two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. And the winner is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series.

Vulcan was the Roman god of lava and smoke, and the nephew of Pluto. Vulcan was also the home planet of the pointy-eared humanoids in the “Star Trek” shows. Think Mr. Spock.

In second place was Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld.

The International Astronomical Union has the final say.

Morrissey won’t sit with ‘Duck Dynasty’

The TV series “Duck Dynasty” is coming between Morrissey and Jimmy Kimmel.

The singer and animal rights activist said he canceled his appearance today on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because “Duck Dynasty” cast members will be on the talk show.

Morrissey said Monday he can’t perform on a show with what he called people who “amount to animal serial killers.” A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.

Ex-diplomat likes nod to Canada

The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis says it was good to hear Ben Affleck thank Canada after Affleck’s film “Argo” won the Oscar for best picture.

“Argo” came under criticism from some Canadians, including former Ambassador Ken Taylor, who said he felt slighted by the movie because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics. Taylor had hoped Affleck would acknowledge Canada’s role. Affleck briefly thanked Canada in his acceptance speech Sunday.

Taylor said Monday he was pleased to hear it.

The birthday bunch

Singer Fats Domino is 85. Actor-director Bill Duke is 70. Singer Mitch Ryder is 68. Singer Michael Bolton is 60. Singer Erykah Badu is 42. Singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 34. Singer Nate Ruess (fun.) is 31.

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