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Last Update on November 25, 2015 08:06 GMT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says people like Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand are "extraordinary people" who have contributed to "America's strength as a nation." The president honored the filmmaker and the singer-actress, along with 15 others by giving them the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Others honored include Gloria and Emilio Estefan, James Taylor, Yogi Berra and Willie Mays. Obama said it was "because of giants like Willie" that someone like him could even think about running for president.

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002-a-14-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"love with love"-President Obama says James Taylor always sounds like he's singing just to you. (25 Nov 2015)

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006-a-12-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"running for president"-President Obama says Willie Mays was one of the great athletes ever to play in American sports -- but he was also an inspiration to African-Americans across the country. (25 Nov 2015)

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003-a-14-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"100 million records"-President Obama says Gloria and Emilio Estefan broke down barriers -- and brought Latin music into America's mainstream. (25 Nov 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They're at it again. Rosie O'Donnell has fired off another blast at Donald Trump -- something Trump did as recently as his guest host stint on "Saturday Night Live." Asked about Trump's bid for the White House, O'Donnell said: "it's a nightmare." She declined to elaborate, saying only "that's my quote." Over the years, O'Donnell and Trump have traded barbs with each other, with Trump criticizing O'Donnell's looks and calling her a "loser" and "slob."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Look for Rosie O'Donnell to be on the hit TV hit "Empire." The former talk show host says she was surprised and honored when "Empire" creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star in an episode of the Fox drama series that airs tonight. O'Donnell plays Pepper O'Leary, a former prison cellmate of Cookie Lyon, who is played by Taraji P. Henson.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Bindi Irwin is the new "Dancing With the Stars" champ. She's been an emotional favorite of the judges all season long. Bindi is the daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who died after a stingray pierced his heart. Bindi sobbed as she was handed the mirrorball trophy and said being on the show has changed her life. It's the sixth victory for Bindi's professional partner Derek Hough (HUFH). Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was the runner-up and says Bindi deserved to win. Dancing With Stars will be back in the spring. Head judge Len Goodman will also return. He sat out the season just concluded.

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011-r-06-(Tom Bergeron, during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)--Host Tom Bergeron presents the mirrorball trophy. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

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010-a-03-(Nick Carter, runner-up, during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)-"Bindi deserved it (2nd reference)"-Nick Carter says he has no hard feeling that he came in second to Bindi Irwin. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

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012-a-15-(Carrie Ann Inaba (ee-NAH'-bah), during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)-"you so much"-Prior to the final results being announced, judge Carrie Ann Inaba says Bindi Irwin was the highlight of the season. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Korin Bukowski is now two-for-two on "The Voice." For two weeks straight the Team Gwen member has been in the bottom two and had to sing for her reality show life. Last night, she got the instant Twitter save again and moves into the Top 10. This week's top vote-getter was Amy Vachal from Team Adam. Adam Levine has three team members left. So do Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. But Team Pharrell is down to a single singer and faces possible elimination next week.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sherri Shepherd is apparently making some legal history -- not that she's happy about it. A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled she is legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate before Shepherd and her ex-husband divorced. The actress and former co-host of "The View" has fought efforts to be named the boy's mother. But a lawyer for her ex, Lamar Sally, believes she must keep paying the $4,100-a-month in child support awarded by a court in California. Court papers show the couple paid $105,000 for a surrogate and backed the pregnancy until Shepherd changed her mind as the marriage faltered. Surrogacy advocates say the Superior Court ruling is the first in Pennsylvania to declare surrogacy contracts legal and binding.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagine a mash-up between a hit TV medical drama and one of Broadway's hottest plays. That's what viewers will see if they tune in "Code Black" on CBS. Tonight's episode will feature an appearance by Alton Fitzgerald White, who played Simba's dad in "The Lion King." In the episode, White plays an actor who plays Mufasa in a touring version of the Disney musical. He shows up at the hospital with a nasty throat infection and a handful of fellow cast members come to sing and pray him back to health. White, who played Mufasa more than 4,000 times, says it's a "beautiful cap" to his Lion King experience.


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