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Talk show host Katie Couric is engaged to financier John Molner.

Couric to marry financier


Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner.

Couric’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine.

Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of “Today,” a diamond ring over the weekend in East Hampton. Molner, 50, is a partner at investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman.

The couple have dated for nearly two years.

Couric’s husband, Jay Monahan, died in 1998 from colon cancer. She is the mother of two daughters, 21 and 17.

Telethon total rises

The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s nationally broadcast 48th annual telethon and related fundraising efforts have raised about a million dollars more than last year with $59.6 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend.

The two-hour “MDA Show of Strength” aired Sunday on ABC.

Prince releases song

The artwork may have made people laugh, but Prince’s new song is no joke.

The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover art for the song – a photo of Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince – on YouTube.

He’s working on a new album that’s set to be titled “Plectrum Electrum.”

‘Butler’ wins again

The top five movies from the holiday weekend box office:

1. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” $20.2 million

2. “One Direction: This is Us,” $18.5 million

3. “We’re the Millers,” $16.3 million

4. “Planes,” $10.9 million

5. “Instructions Not Included,” $10.4 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 82. Actress Jennifer Salt is 69. Bassist Ronald LaPread is 63. Actress Judith Ivey is 62. Actress Khandi Alexander is 56. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 53. Actress Ione Skye is 43. Actor Wes Bentley is 35. Actor Max Greenfield is 34. Singer Beyoncé is 32. Actress Whitney Cummings is 31.