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TODAY's Takeaway: Tom Clancy dies, Garner wins in court

Oct. 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM ET

Jennifer Garner celebrates her court win, journalist Maureen Orth alleges that Ronan Farrow is Frank Sinatra's son and Tom Clancy, prolific author, dies at 66.
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Jennifer Garner celebrates her court win, journalist Maureen Orth alleges that Ronan Farrow is Frank Sinatra's son, and prolific author Tom Clancy dies at 66.

1. Journalist Maureen Orth talked with Matt about her recent Vanity Fair article that calls into question the paternity of Mia Farrow’s son. Ronan Farrow, assumed to be Mia Farrow's biological child with Woody Allen, might actually be Frank Sinatra’s son.

Ronan "looks a lot like Frank Sinatra and he sings like Frank Sinatra," Orth noted.

Video: A Vanity Fair article by Maureen Orth says that Mia Farrow’s son Ronan, supposedly her biological child with Woody Allen, could possibly be Frank Sinatra’s son. Orth describes her conversation with Farrow to TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

2. Best-selling author Tom Clancy, who penned military thrillers like "The Hunt for Red October" and "Clear and Present Danger," died Tuesday at the age of 66.

"I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing,” David Shanks, a Penguin Group executive, said in a statement. “He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time."

Author Tom Clancy died on Oct. 1 at age 66 in Baltimore, Md, his publisher confirmed.
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Author Tom Clancy died on Oct. 1 at age 66 in Baltimore, Md, his publisher confirmed.

3. Jennifer Garner sat down with Jenna Bush Hager to talk about her recent court victory. The actress and mother of three testified in August in favor of a bill aimed at protecting children of celebrities from the prying lenses of paparazzi. Last week the bill was signed into law.

“As much as we have wished for this, we truly were resigned to thinking that this was never gonna happen," she told Jenna.

Video: The actress tells TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager that she hopes a new California bill that puts more restrictions against paparazzi will help her kids live a more normal life, and that she and her husband, Ben Affleck, weighed moving out of the state if the bill didn’t pass.

4. Actors Cherie Johnson and Dennis White spoke out about what they said was a case of racial profiling by South Carolina police at a traffic stop. During what was supposed to be a romantic getaway, the couple ended up in handcuffs.

“Cherie, she was like, ‘I’m just taking a picture,’ and put her hands up, and he grabbed for his gun and said, ‘Get in the car,'’’ White told TODAY.

Video: Actors Cherie Johnson and Dennis White are speaking out about what they say was a case of racial profiling by South Carolina police. Marion County Sheriff’s officials said they “will take immediate and appropriate action” to investigate. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

5. One group that didn’t anticipate being affected by the government shutdown: brides and grooms.

“I wasn’t worried about the government shutting down; I was worried about rain,” said MaiLen Le, who had planned her wedding this Saturday at the site of their first date — the Jefferson Memorial.

Video: Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le were more worried about the rain ruining their wedding day than a government shutdown. But now that the Jefferson Memorial, their planned venue, is closed, they join dozens of couples seeking alternative places to tie the knot. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

6. A TODAY investigation found that contractors hired by banks to seize the belongings of foreclosed homes are breaking into the wrong homes and taking away the occupants’ belongings.

"They have a profit incentive to break into people's homes, to take their possessions, to lock them out," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. "Every single thing they do, they get to charge more money for."

Video: TODAY’s Jeff Rossen investigates accusations that subcontractors hired by banks to seize the belongings of foreclosed homes are breaking into the wrong homes and taking away the occupants’ belongings.

Tomorrow on TODAY: Savannah interviews U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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