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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Until World Series Ends

10/19/2014 AT 05:20 PM EDT

San Francisco’s trying to live its fantasy.

With the World Series approaching, San Francisco radio stations 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT are pitching in to help the Giants keep a clear head going into the big games. How?

Both stations are banning Lorde’s hit “Royals” until the World Series ends.

The connection is actually stronger than just name alone: Lorde told VH1 last year that a National Geographic photo of a Royals player autographing baseballs sparked a fixation on the word itself and, thus, the song.

96.5 KOIT says its ban was spurred by listeners, who wrote in questioning its Frisco loyalty after they heard the tune on the station. “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it,” KOIT program director Brian Figula said on the station’s website.

Whether or not Kansas City has responded by banning They Might Be Giants from its airwaves has yet to be determined.

San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lordes Royals Until World Series Ends
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Nursing Assistant Teresa Romero Clear of Ebola Virus, Spanish Authorities Say

10/19/2014 AT 04:15 PM EDT

An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said Sunday.

Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa in the current outbreak when she tested positive for the virus Oct. 6. She has been in quarantine at Carlos III hospital in Madrid since then.

A statement Sunday said a blood test revealed that Romero’s immune system had eliminated the virus from her body. The statement came from the Spanish government committee in charge of the nation’s Ebola crisis. A second test in the coming hours is needed to absolutely confirm Romero’s recovery, said Manuel Cuenca, microbiology director at Madrid’s Carlos III health care complex.

Romero had treated two patients who died of Ebola at Carlos III hospital. The first, Miguel Pajares, contracted the disease in Liberia and died on Aug. 12, despite having been treated with the experimental drug ZMapp. The second was Manuel Garcia Viejo who died at the age of 69 on Sept. 25.

Health authorities quarantined Romero’s husband and euthanized Romero’s pet dog, Excalibur, on Oct. 8 instead of placing it in quarantine, creating outrage among animal rights activists.

Spain, meanwhile, has agreed to allow the United States to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A Defense Ministry statement said the deal permits U.S. armed forces to use the air base at Moron de la Frontera near Seville and the naval station at Rota on Spain’s Atlantic coast to transport personnel and materials to and from Africa. Defense Minister Pedro Morenes sealed the deal with U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel in Washington.

The ministry statement, released late Saturday, said the agreement will be reviewed and updated on a case-by-case basis and would also permit U.S. forces to use the bases against IS militants. The United States has made use of the bases since the 1950s.

Nursing Assistant Teresa Romero Clear of Ebola Virus, Spanish Authorities Say
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Katie Couric, 4 Months After Her Wedding: ‘The Honeymoon Isn’t Over’

10/19/2014 AT 03:45 PM EDT

When Katie Couric stepped out Thursday night to be honored for a charity cause dear to her heart, she brought along one of the most important people in her life.

As she posed for photos at the 16th Annual Tomorrow Is Tonight Gala Benefiting Project A.L.S., her proud husband John Molner stood back, joking to onlookers, “Who’s she?”

Before taking her seat at Cipriani 42nd Street, Couric told PEOPLE that married life “is great. It’s fun. He’s really funny and really fun to be with. I love being with him.”

She added, with that signature smile: “The honeymoon isn’t over yet, so it’s nice.”

The broadcast news veteran also made a point of remembering her close friend, New York theater and film producer /people/archive/article/0,,20128583,00.html, who had ALS, the illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (for which people recently raised millions through the Ice Bucket Challenge).

Estess, who co-founded Project A.L.S., died in 2003, leaving behind friends and family dedicated to finding a cure, including Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor, Julianna Margulies and Couric herself, who said she and Estess were “like sisters.”

“Katie might as well be a sister,” said Jenifer’s sister Valerie Estess. “She used to go and sit for hours on the bed with Jenifer. These celebrities really are our friends. They’ve been around since the beginning … and they’re still here.”

Added Couric: “I related to the sisters because I too lost someone I loved,” she said, referring to her first husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998. “I was motivated by that feeling of powerlessness to try to do something.”

And A.L.S. Awareness at All-Time High

The gala was kicked off by Jersey Boys star Vincent Piazza and hosted by Sex and the City‘s Mario Cantone – who vowed never to douse himself in icy water, preferring instead “a warm sponge bath.” He added, “So don’t even f–––ing try it.”

By the end of the night, though, Cantone was drenched, cold and slightly sheepish after getting dumped on despite his protests.

“I think awareness for A.L.S. is at an all-time high thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge,” Valerie Estess told PEOPLE. “And Jenifer would be overjoyed at that.”

Katie Couric, 4 Months After Her Wedding: The Honeymoon Isnt Over
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Malin Akerman: My Son Speaks Three Languages!

10/19/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Malin Akerman: My Son Speaks Three Languages!
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First steps? Been there. First words? Done.

Malin Akerman‘s baby boy Sebastian has learned a rare new skill: He’s is trilingual!

“I feel like every day is a milestone, but he’s running and walking up and down steps on his own now talking three languages, so it’s amazing,” The Comeback star said at Saturday’s Environmental Media Awards, hosted at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

“Whenever he sees his dad he starts speaking Italian, he sees me and starts speaking Swedish, and his nanny speaks English,” she explains. “So, it’s really just amazing to watch how a child’s brain works.”

As for what surprised her most about motherhood, Akerman — who welcomed Sebastian in April 2013 with now estranged husband Roberto Zincone, an Italian actor — told PEOPLE, “everything and nothing.”

“I still to this day, every now and then, wake up and go, ‘I’m a mom? That’s crazy! I’m responsible for a person’s life? I don’t know what I’m doing!’ ” said Ackerman, 36. “I guess the most surprising, although everyone tells you, is the love that you feel for your child. You need nothing else in the world but your child. That’s it. He’s the air that I breathe.

She’s also teaching her son to be responsible. At just 18 months, Sebastian is getting an early start at being eco-friendly.

“I have solar panels, I have a hybrid car,” Akerman told PEOPLE of her sustainable household habits. “We turn off light switches, which is very exciting for Sebastian because he loves turning off and on lights, so he helps me turn off the light switches when we leave a room. He’s just tall enough to reach that.”

– Michele Corriston with reporting by Nicole Sands

Malin Akerman: My Son Speaks Three Languages!
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