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Couric going digital for Yahoo, ABC

Katie Couric is launching a weekly Web series for Yahoo News and ABC News about health and lifestyle issues.

The series, “Katie’s Take,” will premiere Tuesday on Yahoo. Yahoo Inc. formally unveiled the show Wednesday at a presentation to advertisers in New York.

Couric, 55, left the anchor chair of the “CBS Evening News” last year. She is currently a special correspondent for ABC News. She is launching a syndicated talk show, “Katie,” this September.

In a statement, Couric said she is “happy to have found a place in the digital world where I can cut through fads and trends.”

Brown gets probation for DUI

Singer Bobby Brown was sentenced to three years’ probation and a day in Los Angeles County Jail after pleading no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor driving under the influence in connection with his drunken driving arrest last month, prosecutors from the city attorney’s office said.

Brown, 43, will not have to serve time because he gets credit for time served. He also was fined $390 and must attend a 90-day alcohol education program.

The singer was arrested March 26 after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for talking on his cellphone. He later failed a field sobriety test, authorities said.

Chimp champion to lead Rose Parade

The Tournament of Roses announced Jane Goodall – the renowned chimpanzee expert and endangered species activist – will be grand marshal of the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Goodall, 78, who will ride in the 124th Rose Parade, will personify the 2013 theme of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” which “is about seizing the moment, throwing off the realistic cares of our daily lives and charging forth confidently,” said Tournament of Roses President Sally M. Bixby, when the theme was revealed earlier this year.

Goodall, who traveled in 1960 from England to present-day Tanzania, continues to research and work on behalf of wild chimpanzees and the environment. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global nonprofit that works to protect endangered species in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park.

The birthday bunch

Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 79. Singer Bobby Rydell is 70. Actress Joan Chen is 51. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 50. Actor Jet Li is 49. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 48. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 47. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 45. Actress Jordana Brewster is 32. Actor Channing Tatum is 32.


 

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Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

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