As for the family news, I told my mother that there was news and it was driving me crazy not to be able to tell her and to please call my great-aunt or cousin and ask them what's new. So she did, and has been told. I left a similar cryptic message on my sister's phonemail. So everyone in my immediate family now knows our extended family will be getting a little larger in about six months. We all guessed it was going to get larger in one way, but it's actually going to happen in a different way.
As for the other news, I still haven't officially heard and it's possible I may not be personally involved. Confirmation should come in a few days.