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Katie Couric to interview Manti Te'o and his parents

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Katie Couric will interview Manti Te'o and his parents about what they've called an elaborate fake-girlfriend hoax, producers of the U.S. show "Katie" said.

Couric will sit down with the Notre Dame star and Brian and Ottilia Te'o, who are speaking out for the first time about the headline-making prank. Their conversation will be broadcast on Couric's syndicated daytime program Thursday.

The football player said he was the victim of a hoax after it was revealed his girlfriend never existed and her death was faked.

"The story has raised a cloud of questions about who was involved, why the hoax was perpetrated and whether Te'o, runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this season, himself made up the story," "Katie" producers said in a news release Sunday.

Te'o recently admitted to ESPN's Jeremy Schaap he made a few mistakes regarding the incident, including telling his father he met Lennay Kekua in Hawaii, even though his attempt to meet her actually failed.

"Later retellings of that tale led to inconsistencies in media reports, Te'o said, adding that he never actually met Kekua in person," "Katie" producers noted in the release.

"Te'o added that he feared people would think it was crazy for him to be involved with someone that he never met, so, 'I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away.' Te'o told ESPN's Schaap that he only learned for sure this week that he had been duped. Now he and his parents will give Couric the full story."


Michelle Obama wears blue Reed Krakoff dress to swearing-in ceremony

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama donned a blue Reed Krakoff dress for President Barack Obama's official swearing-in ceremony in Washington.

Women's Wear Daily was the first to report who designed the frock Mrs. Obama wore during Sunday morning's event in the Blue Room at the White House.

The Huffington Post said the American designer is also the president and executive creative director of Coach Inc.

As for her hair, the first lady sported trendy bangs for the ceremony, during which President Obama was sworn in for a second term.

E! said it had not yet been revealed what the first lady would wear to Monday's inauguration ceremony and subsequent inaugural balls.


Rosie O'Donnell pens poem for baby Dakota, posts photos online

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Rosie O'Donnell has dedicated a poem to, and shared photos of, her infant daughter Dakota online.

O'Donnell and her wife, Michelle Rounds, announced the birth of their adopted daughter earlier this month.

The couple posted recent photos of the sleeping baby girl via Twitter and Instagram, with captions such as "Yawn," "Perfection" and "Loving Life."

O'Donnell also posted a poem called "A Baby Born" on Rosie.com Jan. 16. It reads, in part:

"i have a new baby/ she smells delicious/cooing and blinking/ welcome to the world/life has on occasion so much joy/babies anchor me/ to souls here and gone ... "

O'Donnell and Rounds married in June 2012. O'Donnell also has four children with her ex-wife Kelli Carpenter.


Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez sings 'Cry Me a River'

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Singer-actress Selena Gomez, who broke up with pop star Justin Bieber this month, sang the song "Cry Me a River" at a weekend concert in New York.

The couple called it quits after about two years of on-off dating.

"I've been through a lot the past few months. It's been weird and sad and cool," UsMagazine.com reported Gomez, 20, said at a private benefit concert for UNICEF. "This song definitely speaks to me."

"Cry Me a River" was a big hit for singer Justin Timberlake in 2002 after his split from longtime girlfriend Britney Spears.

UsMagazine.com said Bieber has also sung the song at concerts.

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