December 25, 2006 12:00 PM

BIRTHS

In duet news, rocker Elvis Costello, 52, and wife jazz singer Diana Krall, 42, welcomed twin boys, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, on Dec. 6, in New York City…. Paul McCartney’s daughter designer Stella McCartney, 35, and husband Alasdhair Willis, 36, had their second child, daughter Bailey Linda Olwyn, Dec. 8 in London. She joins big brother Miller, 1…. Dancing with the Stars’ John O’Hurley, 52, and his wife, Lisa, 34, had a son, William Dylan, Dec. 6, in L.A.

EXPECTING

Former Law & Order: SVU actress Connie Nielsen, 42, and boyfriend Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 43, are expecting their first child in early summer…. Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell, 40, is due to deliver her first child with her husband, business executive Keith Zubchevich, 37, next summer…. Mary Cheney, 37, an AOL executive and Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, is expecting her first child this spring with her partner Heather Poe, 45.

LEGAL MATTERS

Famed motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is suing Kanye West and his record label for trademark infringement regarding the singer’s “Touch the Sky” video. The suit, filed Dec. 8 in Tampa, claims that West, as “Evel Kanyevel,” copies Knievel’s look by depicting the rapper in a red, white and blue jumpsuit during a failed rocket ride. “The idea that you can simply rip off somebody’s … likeness without compensating them is inexcusable,” says Knievel’s lawyer. A rep for West had no comment.

ARRESTED

Wesley Snipes Blade: Trinity pleaded not guilty Dec. 8 after being arrested on tax fraud charges at an Orlando airport. In October a warrant was issued for the actor, 44, after he was charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS of $12 million. A trial is set for March 5.

DEATHS

Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first female U.S. ambassador to the U.N., died Dec. 7 at age 80 in her Bethesda, Md., home. Though she started out as a Democrat, the conservative academic was appointed by President Reagan in 1981 and served in his cabinet. Kirkpatrick helped guide the U.S. through the Cold War and was later awarded the Medal of Freedom…. Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, the former Chilean dictator accused of human-rights abuses during his 17-year rule, died Dec. 10 at a Santiago hospital, days after having a heart attack…. James Kim, the San Francisco father who sought help to rescue his family stranded in the snowy Oregon wilderness, was found dead Dec. 6 from exposure and hypothermia. Kim, 35, a senior editor at the Web site CNET, was spotted by a helicopter miles from their car 11 days after he, his wife, Kati, and their two daughters, Penelope, 4, and Sabine, 7 months, became stuck in the snow.

EARLY CHRISTMAS DELIVERY

Sixth-grader Schneider Metellus delivered his baby cousin Isaac, Dec. 1 after his aunt went into labor at her Queens Village, N.Y., home. Metellus, 11, who takes a prenursing class, says, “I remembered stuff, like the face was red, so that meant he had good blood flow.” Adds the newborn’s father, Metellus’s uncle: “We were going to get him Christmas gifts anyway, but this time it will be extra.”

PRINCESS DIANA INVESTIGATION

More than nine years after Princess Diana’s fatal crash, the results from Scotland Yard’s inquiry into her death are expected to confirm driver Henri Paul was drunk and driving too fast while being pursued by paparazzi when he lost control of the Mercedes S280, according to British reports. The findings, to be published on Dec. 14, are intended to serve as a report to the official coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed.

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