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December 25, 2008|By From Sun news services

Conception the natural way for Armstrong and his girlfriend

Lance Armstrong's new baby was conceived naturally, a spokeswoman for his cancer foundation confirmed yesterday.

Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive years after overcoming testicular cancer, and his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, are expecting the baby in June.

"The baby was conceived naturally," Lance Armstrong Foundation spokeswoman Rae Bazzarre said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

Armstrong had three children with his ex-wife Kristin using in vitro fertilization with sperm he had banked before undergoing chemotherapy.

"Anna and I are thrilled to confirm that we are expecting in June and our families are ecstatic and grateful," Armstrong said in a statement released Tuesday night. "We are very much looking forward to what 2009 brings on many fronts. We appreciate respecting our privacy, as we are both eager to celebrate the holidays as a family."

Three years since retiring after his last Tour de France win, Armstrong announced in September his return to competition and the Tour de France in 2009. He called his comeback an attempt to raise global awareness in his fight against cancer.

Going rate to be Britney's dad: $75/hour

A court has put a higher value on being Britney Spears' father this year: about $75 an hour.

For helping his daughter through her turbulent period, Jamie Spears was awarded an additional $51,000 payout Monday, reflecting an increase in his monthly payments since he took over his 27-year-old daughter's affairs in February.

Jamie Spears had been receiving $10,000 a month for his work, but Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva G oetz increased that to about $16,000 per month and agreed to give him back pay.

He was also granted an additional $1,200 monthly payment so he can maintain an office, which Goetz said was justified by his work getting his daughter's personal life - and music career - back on track.

Spade provides Phoenix police some firepower

The Phoenix Police Department has gotten some high-powered goodies, courtesy of David Spade.

The actor and one-time Phoenix resident donated $100,000 so that the department can buy about 50 AR-15 rifles.

Spade said he wanted to make the donation after seeing a TV news report about Phoenix officers having to buy their own rifles. Spade grew up in the Phoenix area and graduated from Arizona State University.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill says the rifles will be given to patrol officers and the agency was grateful for the gifts.

"These guys need to be able to do their jobs, and I am just happy I could help," Spade said in a statement released by his publicist.

Spidey's girlfriend gets court-ordered protection

Kirsten Dunst has won a court's protection from a man who she says has recently trespassed at her home.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard E. Rico granted Dunst's request to order 25-year-old Christopher R. Smith to stay away from the actress, her personal assistant and any place they work.

Dunst did not appear during Monday's court hearing. The request was granted without her attorney or witnesses having to make arguments. Smith did not attend the hearing and never responded to a temporary restraining order Dunst received in November.

Dunst, who has appeared in three Spider-Man films, wrote last month that she was "quite frightened" of Smith. He was arrested by Dunst's assistant last month after trespassing at her house.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Singer Tony Martin, 95.

Singer Jimmy Buffett, 62.

Country singer Barbara Mandrell, 60.

Actress Sissy Spacek, 59.

Actress CCH Pounder, 56.

Country singer Alecia Elliott, 26.

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