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Shakira learns to balance baby, job

by The Associated Press on May 09, 2013 11:00 AM

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Colombian superstar Shakira, 36, is learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom one day at a time.

“It’s part of motherhood, you know,” she said of juggling personal and professional life. “You got to figure it out as you go.”

The singer and her soccer star boyfriend, Gerard Pique, welcomed their first child, Milan Pique Mebarak, on Jan. 22.

“He’s great. He’s so mellow, but he’s very alert, too,” she said in an interview Wednesday night at House of Blues in West Hollywood. “It’s like he knows what’s going on around him. He knows when someone comes in the room or comes out. He’s something.”

Shakira joined fellow “The Voice” coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Usher at a red carpet event celebrating the NBC signing competition’s 12 finalists. “The Voice” host Carson Daly says baby Milan has been a welcome addition to the kid-friendly set, which features regular visits from Daly’s young brood, Usher’s children and Levine’s nephews.

“With Milan it’s a full-blown nursery,” explained Daly of Shakira’s baby-proofed double-wide trailer. “It’s just like Shakira’s door opens and ‘It’s a Small World’ starts playing. It’s built for Milan. And it’s really special and it’s cool. We’re like a little family.”

But according to Shakira, it’s not the children who cause the most trouble.

“It’s like a kindergarten because these guys are already babies. They’re babies!” she joked of her fellow coaches.

When it comes to getting those famous hips back into pre-baby shape, Shakira says she’s still working on it.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Disney has dropped an effort to trademark “Dia de los Muertos,” the name of the traditional “Day of the Dead” holiday celebrated by millions in Mexico and the U.S.

The company announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing a trademark request it made on May 1 to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The application prompted online criticism and petitions.

“What were they thinking?” Genevieve Barrios Southgate, director of community programs at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, told the Orange County Register.

“Disney obviously responded to public pressure,” she said.

Many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans observe the November holiday, which honors deceased relatives and loved ones. Traditions include cleaning and decorating graves, leaving gift offerings for the dead and building elaborate shrines decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Disney Enterprises Inc. hoped to secure name rights for merchandise such as snack foods and Christmas ornaments as it partners with Pixar Animation Studios Inc. to create an animated movie inspired by the holiday.

Disney was trying to infringe “on something that is so uniquely Mexican and Mexican-American,” Alejandro Gradilla, chairman of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, said. “I don’t think this will be the last time we hear about a company trying to copyright a holiday.”

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SAN DIEGO — Divorce documents show that the lead singer of metal band As I Lay Dying had an amicable split with the estranged wife he’s now accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill, but she was concerned about how recent changes in his behavior would affect his parenting.

Meggan Lambesis, the wife of Tim Lambesis, said in the court papers obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday that she worried about his ability to care for their three adopted children, but she gave no indication she felt in danger.

Law enforcement officials said they arrested Tim Lambesis, 32, after receiving a tip last week that the singer — who is covered in tattoos and known for his growling voice — was plotting to kill his wife, who filed for divorce in September.

Authorities said Lambesis tried to hire an undercover detective he believed was a hit man, and he was arrested Tuesday while shopping at a store in Oceanside.

The couple adopted the children — ages 4, 8 and 10 — from Ethiopia, and Tim Lambesis continued to see them for about 10 hours a week when he was not on tour, even though the couple was no longer living together, according to court documents.

Meggan Lambesis said her estranged husband had become “obsessed with bodybuilding” and was distracted while with the children, often texting or talking on the phone. She noted he had fallen asleep while watching them at the beach or near the pool and said they need a “stable parent” to help them adjust to their new life and country.

She said he tours six months out of the year and had traveled across the country twice in one year to visit a girlfriend. She said he also had spent thousands of dollars on tattoos. Both had agreed to private mediation to discuss the children’s custody.

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