Bristol Palin – the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin – is set to wed former Marine and U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 26. “Truly the luckiest girl in the world,” Bristol, 24, wrote in a March 14 Instagram post.
Actress Marla Sokoloff, 34, and her husband, composer Alec Puro, 39, welcomed their second child, Olive Mae, on March 13, Sokoloff told PEOPLE exclusively. She joins big sister Elliotte Anne, 3.
Prince Harry, 30, will be leaving the British Army in June, according to a March 16 statement from his office at Kensington Palace. “I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process,” said the prince and captain, who served for 10 years.
TO THE RESCUE
While on vacation in Hawaii last month, actor Josh Brolin, 47, saved a surfer from drowning. In a video that surfaced on March 13, Brolin is seen grabbing the leash of the surfer’s board before bringing him back to shore.
Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, 37, and actor Jason Adelman, also 37, have ended their engagement, PEOPLE confirmed on March 11. This is the dancer’s third broken engagement: She was previously betrothed to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and pitcher Brad Penny.
After gay designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana spoke out against same-sex families in an Italian magazine, Elton John took to Instagram to call for a boycott. “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again,” wrote John, 67, who has two sons with husband David Furnish. Dolce has since said he was not “judging other people’s choices and decisions.”
On March 15 Jeffrey I. Williams, 20, was charged in the shooting of two police officers in the embattled city of Ferguson, Mo. Officials say Williams claimed to have been aiming for other targets when he shot the officers on March 12.
Discworld author Terry Pratchett died at age 66 on March 12 after suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. • Still Alice codirector Richard Glatzer, 63 – whom Julianne Moore praised in her Best Actress Oscars speech – passed away from ALS on March 10. • Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon died on March 11 after a battle with cancer. He was 67.
Robert Durst: ‘Killed Them All’
After filming a damning HBO documentary, the real estate scion was arrested for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman
At the end of his final interview for the HBO docuseries The Jinx, Robert Durst went to the bathroom, seemingly unaware that he was still mic’d up. “You’re caught,” he mumbled to himself. “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” “It just came spilling out of him,” says filmmaker Andrew Jarecki of the real estate heir, who has been suspected – but never convicted – of the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, the 2000 shooting of friend Susan Berman and the 2001 murder of neighbor Morris Black. Producers gave a tape of the incriminating ramblings to the FBI (which had its own investigation in the works), and Durst, 71, was arrested for the Berman murder on March 14 at a New Orleans hotel. (In his possession? A fake passport, a handgun and a wad of cash.) L.A. police allege that Durst shot Berman before she could be interviewed regarding his wife’s disappearance. “He was always a person of interest,” says Det. Cody Cazalas. “But now everyone’s hoping that justice will be served. It’s about time.”
Singers Slammed in ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay a whopping $7.3 million
It wasn’t just the lyrics that made the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” controversial. On March 10 an L.A. jury found Robin Thicke, 38, and Pharrell Williams, 41, guilty of copyright infringement and ruled that they must pay Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million. The family claimed that “Blurred Lines” copied the late musician’s 1977 track “Got to Give It Up.” In a statement, Williams’s rep said they are “considering their options” as the ruling “sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward.”
Why I Care
PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GIVING BACK
The model and entrepreneur helps cancer patients in the workplace
I’ve been involved with the fight against cancer for a long time because my brother died of leukemia. So when one of my closest friends – makeup artist and cancer survivor Sonia Kashuk – asked me to be part of the April 15 Beauty with Benefits event on QVC, I wanted to honor what she’s been through. We all use cosmetics to make ourselves feel better, and this is a way to do that while making someone else feel better too. Eighty percent of the purchase price of the donated merchandise benefits the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation’s Cancer and Careers organization. When you’re a working person, how do you manage having a career while dealing with cancer? This organization helps people with everything – from how to tell their boss to what rights they have. To be able to work and maintain that sense of normalcy while going through treatment can help people handle the stuff that’s out of their control.
For more information, go to cancerandcareers.org