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Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

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04/16/2014 at 11:15 AM EDT

Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy

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There’s a new bride-to-be on the block!

Jenny McCarthy announced on The View Wednesday that Donnie Wahlberg popped the big question (and presented her with a big rock) and she happily said yes.

“I just got engaged!” the star said on the show as she unveiled her hidden hand from behind the desk and then proceeded to jump around the set. “It’s a yellow sapphire,” she explained about the rock.

Crying as she told about the proposal, McCarthy said her son Evan helped with the surprise last weekend, and how Wahlberg – who ended up coming onto the TV set Wednesday and kissing McCarthy – had gotten down on one knee.

“We don’t know yet,” she said when asked about the wedding date. Barbara Walters said if they tie the knot in September next year – McCarthy said that August was one consideration – the wedding could be held in her apartment.

The couple raised eyebrows when they first started dating last summer. But McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 44, instantly found a connection.

One trait they share is “our work ethic” McCarthy told PEOPLE last fall. “He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we’re both single parents and he’s trying to juggle all of that while I am too,” she says.

Now they will add wedding planning to their breakneck schedules. While McCarthy is taping her daytime talk show in New York City, the Blue Bloods actor recently finished filming season 4 of the series and will be busily preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block in Las Vegas in July.

This will be the second marriage for both. Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008.

McCarthy’s son Evan is from her marriage to director John Asher, whom she divorced in 2005.


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Robin Roberts Feels Like She’s a ‘Walking Miracle’

People Exclusive

04/16/2014 at 08:00 AM EDT

After facing cancer twice, Robin Roberts is not only still standing, she’s stronger than ever.

“I feel like I am a walking miracle,” the Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue.

Speaking more candidly than ever before, Roberts, 53, opened up about the challenges she faced after she was diagnosed with a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012.

“A doctor told me I had one to two years to live without a transplant,” she says, and explains why she is speaking now about all of the people who loved her through it, including her girlfriend of nine years, Amber Laign.

“How could I not?” says Roberts about acknowledging (in her upcoming memoir Everybody’s Got Something and in a Facebook post last December) 39-year-old Laign’s role as her caregiver.

“Even though Amber is someone who shies away from the spotlight, it was important for me to let people know I have this person in my life,” Roberts, who also prefers to be private, tells PEOPLE.

Roberts also revealed she still receives low-intensity chemotherapy shots every six to eight weeks and will continue to do so until the second anniversary of her bone marrow transplant later this year.

Though there is a risk of a relapse, Roberts says, “I look at what I did as a cure, not just as a stopgap measure. I have to hold onto that. Otherwise it would rob me of who I am.”

So far Roberts, who returned to the air last year, seems to be in the clear.

“I can go to the doctor now and not have to hold my breath as much when they’re drawing blood and I’m waiting for the results to come back,” she says. “I can be sick now like everybody else and it doesn’t mean I’m going to land back in the hospital.”

For much more from Roberts, including her thoughts on the changes on her show, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday


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Third Child on the Way for Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl Expecting Third DaughterKevin Mazur/WireImage

The Grohl family is growing.

Dave Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child later this year, PEOPLE has learned.

At Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, 45, posed for photos with his hand on 37-year-old Blum’s belly.

The couple’s upcoming arrival will join big sisters Violet Maye, 8 this month, and Harper Willow, 5 this month.

Grohl has been sweetly open about how fatherhood has profoundly changed both his life and work in recent years.

“When you have kids, you see life through different eyes,” he told TIME magazine in 2010.

“You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate. It’s inevitable that that would make its way into your songwriting.”

That compassion was clear Thursday evening, when Grohl extended a hand to Kurt Cobain‘s widow Courtney Love as they stood on stage receiving the honor for Nirvana.

Burying the hatchet on their long-simmering feud, Love, 49, turned to give Grohl a hug and later Tweeted, “The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there.”

– Kathy Ehrich Dowd


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Boston Strong Spirit Reflected on Social Media One Year After Bombing

04/15/2014 at 03:20 PM EDT

Boston Strong Spirit Reflected on Social Media One Year After Bombing

A banner at Rowes Wharf on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings

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It started as a celebratory scene in Boston’s Copley Square on April 15, 2013, as thousands gathered to cheer on runners crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a proud New England tradition for 117 years.

Yet in a flash the site transformed from one of triumph to one of tragedy as a bomb suddenly exploded, and then another, in a terrorist attack that killed three and injured nearly 300.

Today, on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social-media sites to remember those lost and to honor the “Boston Strong” spirit that emerged in the city.


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