Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng in New York State Supreme Court on Thursday, his media company News America confirms, People reports.
The couple, who were married in 1999, have two daughters together. This was Murdoch's third marriage to end in divorce.
It was reported that his divorce from second wife Anna Murdoch, in 1999, cost him $1.7 billion, one the largest marriage settlements on record. According to Forbes, Rupert Murdoch's current net worth is $11.2 billion.
Murdoch is 82. Deng is 44. Their divorce was first reported by Deadline.com.
In 2011, Deng rose to her husband's defense by smacking a protestor who threw a shaving-cream pie at him during Murdoch's hearing before British parliament. Murdoch was being questioned at the time about his newspapers' practice of phone-hacking.
Deng, a Yale graduate who was born in China, met Murdoch while working as an intern at Star TV, part of News Corp., in 1996. "I had heard of him before but never seen him," Deng told the China Daily in 2008. "My boss assigned me to introduce the Chinese market to him. He was very interested in Chinese culture, and we talked a lot."
The couple and their two daughters, Grace, now 12, and Chloe, 10, lived in a $44 million Fifth Avenue penthouse previously owned by Laurance S. Rockefeller. They also had homes in Los Angeles; London; Canberra, Australia; Carmel, Calif.; and Centre Island, N.Y.
Lindsay Lohan has left the building -- for a new treatment facility, People reports.
A source close to the actress confirms that Lohan checked out of the Betty Ford Center Wednesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a Malibu rehab.
The shift was approved by prosecutors and her judge because the latter facility is better suited for longer-term care, the source said.
She has roughly two more months in treatment to complete.
Lohan is fulfilling a 90-day sentence for violating probation by lying to police officers at the scene of a car accident last summer.
The sportscaster who once asked, "Do you believe in miracles?" has a book deal, The Associated Press reports.
Al Michaels, the longtime television play-by-play man, is working on a memoir that will be released by HarperCollins imprint William Morrow. The publisher told AP on Thursday that no title or release date has been set.
Michaels, 68, has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series to the NBA finals. His book will include stories about Pete Rose, Phil Jackson and other prominent coaches and athletes.
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli are officially over, People reports.
The pair's divorce was finalized Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. They first filed in March 2012.
The split, which is amicable, gives both parties 50-50 custody of their three daughters: Luca Bella, 15, Lola Ray, 10, and Fiona Eve, 6 1/2. There is no formal custody arrangement, and the parents have funded a joint bank account for their girls. Both declined spousal support.
At the time of the split, Garth, 41, said she was "very resistant" to part from Facinelli, 39, to whom she'd been married since 2001.
Garth eventually went on to date other men and has most recently been linked to Big Gigantic drummer Jeremy Salken.
Facinelli has been seen with actress Jaimie Alexander.
The Duchess of Cambridge has officially named a cruise liner at a gala ceremony, the AP reports.
The former Kate Middleton, wearing a black and white print coat and a black hat, boarded the Royal Princess for the naming ceremony, which included a blessing and the traditional smashing of a bottle across the hull.
The duchess cut a ribbon that set the bottle free moments before it broke open against the hull.
The ceremony in Southampton on Thursday included a brief tour of the ship for the duchess, who is expected to give birth to her and Prince William's first child in mid-July.
It is expected to be her final solo engagement before the birth, although she is expected to join other senior royals at the upcoming Trooping the Color ceremony.
The duchess has been designated the godmother of the ship, a symbolic position dating back to the 19th century.
The new 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is scheduled to begin cruising the Mediterranean this summer.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative journalist is working on a book about the "surveillance-industrial state" that emerged after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the AP reports.
Penguin Press announced Thursday that it had acquired a book by Barton Gellman, a contributing editor at large for Time magazine and a Washington Post reporter. The book, currently untitled, doesn't have a release date.
The announcement follows last week's reports that the government was compiling a vast database of phone and Internet records. Gellman co-wrote a story for the Post that revealed a surveillance program code-named PRISM.
Gellman won a Pulitzer and a George Polk Award in 2008 for a series of articles he wrote for the Post about then-Vice President Dick Cheney. The articles became the basis for a best-selling book, "Angler."