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Monitor: March 30, 2012

Charlize Theron adopts, Anderson Cooper slams M.I.A., and more

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Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, 36, adopted a baby boy named Jackson…. Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, 44, and wife Holly adopted a daughter. The new baby joins big sister Frances.

On March 16, radio show This American Life retracted its story about Mike Daisey‘s experience in Chinese factories where Apple products are made, after news broke that the monologuist, 39, fabricated parts of his account.

Rufus Wainwright, 38, criticized Lady Gaga, 25, calling her over-the-top persona ”predictable and boring”” in a Music Week interview…. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, 44, blasted M.I.A., 36, after she accused him on Twitter of having once called her ”a terrorist.” Cooper tweeted in reply, ”I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at superbowl.”

Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network announced on March 16 that it is axing The Rosie Show, a program hosted by Rosie O’Donnell, 50, after just five months on the air.

Watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher, 65, suffered a heart attack March 14 in Texas. He awoke from a medically induced coma four days later and reportedly began cracking jokes.

Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack passed away in Dubois, Wyo., on March 12 after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

March 25: Aretha Franklin, 70
March 26: Keira Knightley, 27; Steven Tyler, 64
March 27: Quentin Tarantino, 49
March 30: MC Hammer, 50

(Additional reporting by Jason Clark)