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Maureen O'Hara, spirited star of 'Miracle on 34th Street,' 'The Quiet Man,' dies at 95

...her daughter, Bronwyn FitzSimons of Glengarriff, Ireland; her grandson, Conor FitzSimons of Boise and two great-grandchildren.___This story includes biographical information compiled by the late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas.
Kirby: Night before Christmas is the best of the year

...MUSIC: I asked you what the best Christmas song was, and you gave me your answers.Here is the latest from Elaine and Bob Thomas, who write: "Two of our favorite Christ mas songs are Go Tell It on the Mountain and We Need a Little Christmas...
Andy Williams, 'Moon River' singer, dead at 84

ST. LOUIS - With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature Moon River, Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about.
Blake Edwards dies at age 88

...longtime painter, Edwards began sculpting in mid-life, and his bronze works in the style of Henry Moore drew critical praise in shows in Los Angeles and Bucks County, Pa.---Associated Press writer Bob Thomas contributed to this story.
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Best Actress race features a number of strong entrants

LOS ANGELES - The Oscar nominations reflect that the past movie year has been "an extraordinary year for performers," observes Richard Crenna, a longtime member of the Motion Picture Academy and a past member of the board of governors. "The caliber of performances is far ahead of what it was five years ago. There are so many ways the Academy voters can go, and all nominees are deserving, in my opinion." Nowhere is that excellence more apparent than in the competition for best actress. All five nominees gave bravura performances that could be worthy of the award.
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Cinderellas vying in best-actor race

LOS ANGELES - Critics may say that it's easy to win an Academy Award by playing a mentally troubled character.
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ACC already checks referees

PINEHURST, N.C. - The fear of a gambling scandal was on Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford's radar long before the FBI launched an investigation into gambling accusations against NBA referee Tim Donaghy.
ACC ready to invade Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. - Tobacco Road, meet Cigar City.
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Coaches face replay challenges

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden beat the NCAA to the punch last season when he burned a timeout late in the third quarter of the Tigers' 35-14 rout of Florida State to give the replay official a chance to take a longer look at a disputed touchdown reception.
Colvin keeps Tigers loose

OMAHA, Neb. - When it comes to delivering line drives, Clemson's baseball team counts on North Augusta junior Tyler Colvin.