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PEOPLE: Travolta: Baby a new beginning

Travolta: Baby a new beginning

NEW YORK — John Travolta says their 7-week-old baby boy is ‘‘a new beginning’’ for his family.

The actor and his wife, Kelly Preston, posed with their son, Benjamin, for the cover of the new issue of People magazine. Travolta said Benjamin has ‘‘brought us a new beginning’’ and ‘‘given the house a renewed spirit and purpose.’’

Travolta and Preston’s oldest child, son Jett, died in 2008 at the age of 16.

Benjamin was born in November in Florida. Preston, 48, and Travolta, 56, also have a 10-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

Franklin says health superb

DETROIT — A month after surgery in Detroit for an undisclosed ailment, Aretha Franklin says her health is ‘‘superb.’’

Franklin called in to Wednesday’s installment of ‘‘The Wendy Williams Show,’’ telling the host she was relaxing at a casino hotel in her hometown and hopes to begin traveling soon, saying she’ll be ‘‘looking for a fabulous beach.’’ She said she has two more weeks of down time as she continues her recovery.

The legendary singer also vowed to reschedule the concert dates she missed.

Franklin’s voice was strong and steady during the interview, and she hinted she was dating someone.

With the exception of written statements and print interviews with Jet magazine, this was one of the first times the 68-year-old Franklin has been heard since the Dec. 2 surgery.

‘Conan’ leads among viewers

NEW YORK — After two months on the air, Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show is the favorite of younger viewers — that is, when DVR usage is factored in, according to basic-cable network TBS.

Most ratings figures count TV viewership only within the 24-hour period after a show is aired. By this standard, ‘‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’’ is the champ in total viewers, as well as in the desirable 18-to-49 demographic.

But ‘‘Conan’’ ranks No. 1 in the key 18-to-49 and 18-to-34 audience segments when ‘‘time-shifted’’ data is included, which adds viewers of the show up to a full week after its airing.

By this measure, ‘‘Conan’’ has topped all cable and broadcast late-night talk shows.