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  • Stephen Colbert retiring his ‘Report’ and the host he played

    NEW YORK (AP) — Colbert Nation will be leaderless after Thursday night. After nine years, Stephen Colbert is leaving “The Colbert Report.” He is retiring this Comedy Central satirical-news show along with the mythical character who served as host — a pompous, conservative scold also known as Stephen Colbert. (It airs at 11:30 p.m. EST.)…

  • Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC ‘Nightline’ anchor

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of “Nightline.” Pitts, the network’s chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday’s edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team. ABC News president James Goldston on Thursday…

  • Piper Perabo is a world traveler thanks to ‘Covert Affairs’

    NEW YORK (AP) — On TV’s “Covert Affairs,” Piper Perabo plays a field agent with the CIA. And in real life, she’s traveling around the globe with the show, thanks to location shoots. The series, which airs its fifth season finale on USA at 10 p.m. EST Thursday, has taken Perabo to Medellin, Colombia, Rome,…

  • Craig Ferguson to end 10 years as host of ‘Late Late Show’

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not such a great day, America — not for fans of Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, television’s kinetic Scottish cutup, on Friday brings to a close his decade-long run as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” Airing Friday at 12:35 a.m. EST, he concludes a grand stretch of silliness and smarts…

  • Van Zandt fretted directing Springsteen in ‘Lilyhammer’

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut — appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control…

  • The D’oh of Homer: Professors employ TV’s Simpsons

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from “The Simpsons” to grab students’ attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture. “If the…

  • Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border. Peshmerga forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, moved into the town, which has been under the control of the…

  • Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite TV company said Wednesday that it is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes, its second-generation Hopper devices released in February 2013. Dish wouldn’t say how many customers have that box. Customers with older…

  • Richard C. Hottelet, last of original ‘Murrow’s Boys,’ dies

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original “Murrow’s Boys,” the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said that Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton. Hottelet was a foreign correspondent…

  • Country singer Boyd crowned ‘The Voice’ champion

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton’s team, was named the winner of “The Voice” Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine’s team: Runner-up Matt…

  • Chevy Chase couple airs nuclear doc on PBS

    WTOP\’s Jason Fraley chats with Michael Pack, who worked with wife Gina to create the documentary \”Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power.\”

  • Under Abbas, majority say they can’t speak freely

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Two-thirds of Palestinians say they are afraid to criticize Mahmoud Abbas, according to a poll, and some of the Palestinian president’s recent actions only seem to confirm claims that dissent comes at a price. Last month, Abbas outlawed the West Bank’s largest labor union and briefly jailed its two leaders…

  • Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90…

  • Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

    Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a house with a bright red door on Martha’s Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at…