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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Applegate to wed boyfriend of two years

LOS ANGELES -- Christina Applegate is engaged to marry musician Martyn Lenoble.

Applegate's publicist, Ame Van Iden, said Friday that the couple of two years became betrothed on Valentine's Day.

This will be the second marriage for both the actress and the Dutch rocker. No wedding date has been set.

Applegate's recent credits include TV's ''Samantha Who?'' and the movie ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.'' She is set to appear with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in the film ''Going the Distance,'' due this summer.

Lenoble is a founding member of the rock group Porno for Pyros.

Domingo applauded for 14 minutes at La Scala

MILAN -- A beaming Placido Domingo blew a kiss at the adoring crowd after his heroic portrayal of Verdi's ''Simon Boccanegra'' Friday night, the Spanish tenor's first performance since cancer surgery 45 days ago.

His 131st role was something to sing about.

''It was a great evening,'' Domingo said backstage, after greeting the many friends who crowded to congratulate him. ''It was very emotional. I was happy to be in front of an audience.''

The applause went on for 14 minutes, mixed with a scattering of boos for conductor Daniel Barenboim -- who was warmly embraced by his longtime friend Domingo on stage as the cast continued the curtain calls after much of the audience had left.

Cuban writer, activist Franqui dies at age 89

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Cuban writer and political activist Carlos Franqui, an important figure in the Cuban revolution who later became one of the most outspoken critics of Fidel Castro, has died. He was 89.

Franqui died Friday in Puerto Rico after a brief hospitalization for bronchial and heart problems, according to family friend Andres Calendario.