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Last Update on November 25, 2014 08:12 GMT

REALITY INTRUDES AS NEWS INTERRUPTS ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

UNDATED (AP) -- Reality intrudes on reality television. Live broadcasts of both "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Voice" were interrupted last night by special reports on the decision of a Missouri grand jury not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed, black 18-year-old. ABC carried live coverage of the announcement, prompting a flurry of social media posts. Some fans wanted the network to go back to Dancing With the Stars. Other fans supported the breaking news coverage, which lasted nearly 14 minutes. ABC News anchorman George Stephanopoulos (stehf-uh-NAHP'-uh-luhs) assured viewers they would get to see the full Dancing With Stars episode. NBC presented a much shorter special report after the grand jury's decision was announced.

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Carrie Ann Inaba (ee-NAH'-bah) and George Stephanopoulos (stehf-uh-NAHP'-uh-luhs)

"Dancing With the Stars" is interrupted by ABC News to cover developments in Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury declines to charge a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed, black 18-year-old. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..002 (11/25/14)>> 00:06 "have breaking news"

George Stephanopoulos (stehf-uh-NAHP'-uh-luhs)

"Dancing With the Stars" is interrupted by ABC News to cover developments in Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury declined to charge a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed, black 18-year-old. ((shorter version of previous cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..003 (11/25/14)>> 00:09 "in right away"

Tom Bergeron

Tom Bergeron says viewer voting will be extended because of the breaking news interruption. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

`DANCING WITH THE STARS'-FINALE TONIGHT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If anyone has an edge going into tonight's "Dancing With the Stars" finale, it has to be Alfonso Ribeiro. He got two rounds of perfect scores from the judges on last night's show on each of his performances. Four finalists started last night's show, but only three make it to the finale. Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish will join Ribeiro in the final night of competition for the mirrorball trophy. Video blogger Bethany Mota doesn't advance. She was eliminated last night. Mota says making it to the final four was the "best thing ever." She figured she would be voted off in the second week of the season.

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Announcer and judges

Alfonso Riberio gets his second round of perfect scores for the evening from the judges. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tom Bergeron

Host Tom Bergeron announces which couple is being eliminated one night before the season finale Tuesday. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..007 (11/25/14)>> 00:10 "best thing ever"

Bethany Mota

Video blogger Bethany Mota figured she would be one of the first to go. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

OBAMA GIVES MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO STREEP, WONDER

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pair of entertainment heavyweights now wear the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Obama bestowed the highest civilian honor on actress Meryl Streep and recording artist Stevie Wonder on Monday. Obama said Streep "has no peers" and praised her efforts to promote empathy on and off the screen. She has been nominated 18 times for an Academy Award, winning three. Obama called Wonder a music prodigy whose warmth and humanity can be heard in every note. Others honored Monday include NBC newsman Tom Brokaw and Congressman John Dingell from Michigan, the longest-serving member of Congress. Choreographer Alvin Ailey also received the award posthumously.

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President Barack Obama

President Obama says actress Meryl Streep is so talented she really "has no peers" -- and has "done it all" for her craft.

<<CUT ..012 (11/25/14)>> 00:09 "do about it"

President Barack Obama

President Obama says he's got a big crush on Meryl Streep.

<<CUT ..013 (11/25/14)>> 00:15 "they'd get scratched (laughter fades)"

President Barack Obama

President Obama says Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" album was the first record he ever bought.

<<CUT ..014 (11/25/14)>> 00:16 "in every note"

President Barack Obama

President Obama says Stevie Wonder's music has moved America to "a higher ground."

"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two more hopefuls will be sent packing on "The Voice" tonight. If the votes don't go Team Blake or Team Pharrell's way, they could be wiped out. They have two singers each and face possible elimination. But Blake Shelton isn't worried and his fellow coaches agree. Team Shelton's Craig Wayne Boyd wowed the coaches and the audience with his version of "I Walk the Line." Adam Levine says it was amazing, while Shelton says it was magic. Gwen Stefani says Boyd is ready for the big time.

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Excerpt of Craig Wayne Boyd, performing "I Walk the Line"

Excerpt of Craig Wayne Boyd performing "I Walk the Line." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..009 (11/25/14)>> 00:12 "real serious career"

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani predicts Craig Wayne Boyd is headed for the big time. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..010 (11/25/14)>> 00:13 "you deserve it (2nd reference; cheers)"

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton says his team member Craig Wayne Boyd is a star. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

MORE CANCELLATIONS FOR BILL COSBY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two more venues say no thanks to Bill Cosby. The Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Washington, and Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut are the latest to indefinitely postpone scheduled appearances by the comic. Cosby was due to perform in Washington state on November 29 and in Connecticut on January 31. No specific reason was given for the postponements, but they come after a week in which numerous women claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted them at some point during his career. The embattled comedian has refused to comment on any of the allegations. At least 28 dates remain on his touring calendar through next May. Cosby did perform last week in Melbourne, Florida. He didn't mention the allegations in his stand-up routine and was applauded by the audience.

JUDITH IVEY WILL PLAY MARGARET THATCHER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway has a new Iron Lady. Judith Ivey will play Margaret Thatcher in a play called "The Audience." Ivey already has two Tonys for her work in the 1983 play "Steaming" and the 1985 production of "Hurlyburly. She is perhaps best known for being part of the "Designing Women" cast in the 1990's. "The Audience" imagines Queen Elizabeth the Second's private weekly meetings with a succession of British Prime Ministers -- 12 in all. It was a smash hit in London. Helen Mirren will reprise her role as the queen. She won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen." "The Audience" opens February 17th in New York.

BARBRA STREISAND RECALLS HER DAYS AS A SMOKER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbra Streisand used to smoke. Then she turned 12 and quit. Streisand says she used to smoke on the rooftops in Brooklyn when she was 10. Her stepfather smoked and she liked the smell of the match when he struck it. Streisand says she thinks her voice has held up so well over the years because she's not a smoker and never cared much for drinking.

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Barbra Streisand, entertainer

Barbra Streisand says one way she maintains her voice is by avoiding a common vice. ((note length of cut))

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Barbra Streisand, entertainer

Barbra Streisand says there's another common vice she's avoided. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..017 (11/25/14)>> 00:17 "dinner at 10:30"

Barbra Streisand entertainer

Barbra Streisand says she wonders if her food habits affect her voice. ((note length of cut))

Rewind Time

November 25, 2014 08:06 GMT

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2014. There are 36 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Nov. 25, 1984, William Schroeder (SHRAY'-dur) of Jasper, Indiana, became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. (Schroeder lived 620 days on the device.) The Ethiopian famine relief song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was recorded in London by the charity supergroup Band Aid.

On this date:

In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.

In 1864, during the Civil War, Confederate agents set a series of arson fires in New York; the blazes were quickly extinguished.

In 1908, the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor was published.

In 1914, baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California.

In 1920, radio station WTAW of College Station, Texas, broadcast the first play-by-play description of a football game, between Texas University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. (Texas won, 7-3.)

In 1944, baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis died at age 78.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.

In 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery; his widow, Jacqueline, lighted an "eternal flame" at the gravesite.

In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant (oo thahnt) died in New York at age 65.

In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.

In 1999, 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida, setting off an international custody battle.

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.

Ten years ago: Leading Sunni Muslim politicians in Iraq urged postponement of the January 30, 2005 national elections (however, the elections ended up taking place as scheduled). A man with a knife broke into a high school dormitory in Ruzhou, China, killing nine boys as they slept. (Chinese authorities later executed a 21-year-old man who confessed to the attack.)

Five years ago: Toyota said it would replace the gas pedals on 4 million vehicles in the United States because the pedals could get stuck in the floor mats and cause sudden acceleration.

One year ago: Pushing back against critics, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program, declaring that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy." Prosecutors closed their yearlong investigation into the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of 26 victims; their report said the motive of gunman Adam Lanza, who also killed his mother and himself, might never be known.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Noel Neill is 94. Playwright Murray Schisgal is 88. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 81. Actor Matt Clark is 78. Actor Christopher Riordan is 77. Singer Percy Sledge is 74. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs is 74. Singer Bob Lind is 72. Author, actor and economist Ben Stein is 70. Actor John Larroquette is 67. Actor Tracey Walter is 67. Movie director Jonathan Kaplan is 67. Author Charlaine Harris is 63. Retired MLB All-Star Bucky Dent is 63. Dance judge Bruno Tonioli (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 59. Singer Amy Grant is 54. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar is 51. Rock musician Eric Grossman (K's Choice) is 50. Rock singer Mark Lanegan is 50. Rock singer-musician Tim Armstrong is 49. Actor Steve Harris is 49. Actor Billy Burke is 48. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 48. Rock musician Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) is 48. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 46. Actress Jill Hennessy is 45. Actress Christina Applegate is 43. Actor Eddie Steeples is 41. Actress Kristian Nairn is 39. Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is 38. Actor Jerry Ferrara is 35. Actor Joel Kinnaman is 35. Actress Valerie Azlynn is 34. Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager is 33. Former first daughter Barbara Pierce Bush is 33. Actress Katie Cassidy is 28. Contemporary Christian singer Jamie Grace is 23.

Thought for Today: "The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart." -- Mencius, Chinese philosopher (371 B.C.-289 B.C.).

 
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