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Man charged in killing of rapper surrenders

ATLANTA

A man charged with killing an Atlanta rapper at a recording studio has turned himself in to police.

WSB-TV reports that Vinson Hardimon, known as rapper Young Vito, surrendered to Atlanta police Monday afternoon. He was handcuffed and taken to the Fulton County jail.

Police say the 28-year-old shot and killed 24-year-old Mario Hamilton, known as rapper Slim Dunkin, on Dec. 16 at an Atlanta recording studio.

Detective David Quinn says police still need more information in the case. Quinn says Hardimon’s attorney called police and said Hardimon wanted to surrender.

Mel Gibson, wife finalize divorce

LOS ANGELES

Mel Gibson’s three- decade marriage is officially over.

A judge finalized the actor-director’s divorce Friday from his wife, Robyn, who was married to Gibson during his acting heyday and his more recent public downfall.

The judgment entered by Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas keeps virtually all details of the pair’s split confidential. Neither Gibson nor his ex-wife, whose name is being restored to Robyn Moore, attended Friday’s proceedings.

It does not indicate an official date for the former couple’s separation. Robyn Moore did not list a date in her April 2009 divorce filing, although Gibson indicated they had been living apart since 2006.

The former couple have seven children together, but only their 12-year-old son is a minor and subject to a custody agreement.

The Gibsons’ divorce has been dramatically more low-key than Gibson’s custody battle with Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, who the “Braveheart” star agreed in August to pay $750,000 to settle a bitter dispute and split custody of their young daughter.

Recordings that sounded distinctly like the Oscar-winning director engaged in a racist and sexist tirade were leaked during the couple’s dispute. Grigorieva accused Gibson of domestic violence, and he pleaded no contest, although admitted no fault, to a misdemeanor battery count earlier in March.

Robyn Moore came to her estranged husband’s defense, filing a brief declaration in the Grigorieva case stating that Gibson had never physically abused her or their children.

Attorneys handling the divorce have worked for months to reach a settlement in the case, and records show Robyn Moore signed the final judgment last week. Gibson signed it Wednesday, records show.

Robert De Niro, wife welcome baby girl

LOS ANGELES

Robert De Niro is a father again.

Stan Rosenfield, the 68-year-old actor’s spokesman, says De Niro and his 56-year-old wife, Grace Hightower, welcomed a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce baby girl named Helen Grace Hightower through a surrogate mother.

She is the couple’s second child. Their son, Elliot, is 13. No other details were provided.

The “New Year’s Eve” and “Limitless” star has four other children from previous relationships.

Associated Press

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