Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs.

UK's Prince William and wife Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife

Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country's

future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a

type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates

twins. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of

Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of

Cambridge is expecting a baby," the prince's office said in a

statement on Monday, adding that Queen Elizabeth and the royal

family were delighted.

Obama salutes entertainers at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Music legend Led Zeppelin was

recognized on Sunday alongside entertainers from stage and

screen for their contributions to the arts and American culture

at the Kennedy Center Honors, lifetime achievement awards for

performing artists. The eclectic tribute in Washington,

alternated between solemn veneration and lighthearted roasting

of honorees Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman,

wisecracking late-night talk show host David Letterman, blues

guitar icon Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova and Led

Zeppelin.

U.S. election, iPhone 5, Kardashian top Yahoo! 2012

searches

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential election

became the most-searched item and Kim Kardashian was the

most-searched person on Yahoo! in a year when online searches

were dominated by big news stories and pop culture obsessions,

the search engine company said on Monday. The search term

"election" topped the list of searches, led not only by

extensive media coverage but also widening conversation on

online social media platforms.

Putin aide denies Russian president has health problems

TOKYO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin is in good health,

his chief of staff said on Friday after Japanese media said

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had postponed a visit to Moscow

next month because the Russian president had a health problem.

A former KGB officer who enjoys vast authority in Russia, Putin

has long cultivated a tough-guy image, and health issues could

damage that. His condition though has been questioned in some

media since he was seen limping at a summit in September.

Korean pop rides "Gangnam Style" into U.S. music scene

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Gangnam Style," the catchy Korean

song by rapper Psy, may have danced its way into the American

charts but the Korean pop industry isn't horsing around when it

comes to capitalizing on the singer's phenomenal U.S. success.

With "Gangnam Style" topping the current Billboard Digital

Songs chart and becoming the most-watched video on YouTube ever

with more than 800 million views, fellow Korean pop, or K-pop,

artists are positioning themselves for similar U.S.

breakthroughs.

Senators urge Obama to release more water into Mississippi

River

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixteen U.S. senators have appealed

to President Barack Obama to divert more water to the

Mississippi River to prevent barge traffic from shutting down

due to low water on the country's inland waterway, a crucial

route for goods bound for export. Low water is a looming

disaster, said the senators in a letter to Obama that was

released on Friday.

Strauss-Kahn in preliminary deal to settle case with maid

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - Former IMF head Dominique

Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary agreement to settle a

civil lawsuit brought against him by a hotel maid who accused

him of sexual assault last year, sources familiar with the case

said. U.S. and France-based lawyers for Strauss-Kahn, who was

once tipped to become French president, on Friday acknowledged

a deal was under discussion, but said it had not yet been

finalized.

Judge who named Starr to probe Clinton to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative U.S. federal judge

who helped to appoint Kenneth Starr as an independent counsel

to investigate President Bill Clinton, prompting first lady

Hillary Clinton to complain of a "vast right-wing conspiracy,"

is planning a partial retirement in February. The decision by

Judge David Sentelle, an anchor of the conservative side of the

federal judiciary, will open a fourth vacancy on a Washington,

D.C., appeals court considered second in influence to the U.S.

Supreme Court.

Lindsay Lohan risks return to jail after double trouble

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan on Thursday

faced the possibility of being sent back to jail after a

tumultuous 24 hours in which she was arrested in New York for

assault, and charged in California with reckless driving and

lying to police over a June car crash. Lohan, 26, who has been

to rehab, jail and court multiple times since a 2007 arrest for

drunk driving and cocaine possession, is still on unsupervised

probation in Los Angeles for a 2011 jewelry theft.