Saturday, October 13, 2012
NEW YORK — ABC’s Robin Roberts has come home from the hospital three weeks after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
After thanking her doctors and nurses and singing “Amen,” the “Good Morning America” host began the next stage of recovery from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. Her sister was the donor for her bone marrow.
While leaving the hospital after a month is a big first step. Roberts’ doctor explained that it still will take time for the patient to gather strength and build up her immune system.
“Good Morning America,” now the top-rated network morning show, aired a story about Wednesday’s homecoming. The show has brought in occasional celebrity guest hosts such as Stephen Colbert to fill in for Roberts.
‘Octomom’ won’t face child-neglect charges
LOS ANGELES — Nadya Suleman, otherwise known as “Octomom,” will not face criminal charges from a child-neglect probe by La Habra, Calif., police, Orange County prosecutors announced Friday.
Suleman, who became famous in 2009 after giving birth to octuplets, had been accused by one of her caregivers of neglect in a September complaint.
Prosecutors did not describe the nature of the allegations against Suleman but said a review of the La Habra investigation determined there was insufficient evidence of any crime.
Suleman had lived in La Habra with her 14 children but has since relocated to the Palmdale, Calif., area.
She strongly denied any of her children were neglected or abused and blamed the accusations on women she claimed had become obsessed with her children.
Bieber publicist: Stolen laptop tweet not a hoax
SEATTLE — Was pop star Justin Bieber’s laptop actually stolen during a show in Washington state?
Bieber tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers he was victimized during the show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome. But questions were raised Friday about the authenticity of Bieber’s claim.
Another Twitter alluded to having the laptop. The account linked to Bieber’s new music video, which starts with text saying personal footage was stolen and uploaded “illegally.”
That prompted suspicions the supposed theft was a hoax meant to hype the new music video, which was released Friday.
But Bieber’s publicist Melissa Victor says it’s not a hoax and the laptop was indeed stolen.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum says a report was filed, but he doesn’t foresee spending much time investigating.
Gary Collins, actor and TV host, dies at 74
Gary Collins, an actor who was the longtime host of the syndicated TV show “Hour Magazine” and a former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died early Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. He was 74.
Collins died of natural causes soon after arriving at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press.
In 2011 Collins moved to Mississippi, the home state of his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, an actress and Miss America 1959.
He had been arrested and fined last year for leaving a Biloxi restaurant without paying his dinner tab; in 2007 and 2009 he was convicted in separate DUI cases in California.
From 1980 to 1988, Collins served as host of the TV talk show “Hour Magazine,” a gentler version of the genre that avoided some of the controversial topics tackled by Phil Donahue, Geraldo Rivera and other tabloid programs.
“It seems that the viewing public and producers of those programs have tapped into this insatiable desire for stronger formats, stronger issues, stronger confrontations, a stronger examination of subject matter and reality subject matter. And that was never ‘Hour Magazine,’ “ Collins told the Los Angeles Times in 1989 soon after the show was canceled.
Describing himself as “inquisitive, sensitive, caring, likable, nonconfrontational,” Collins added, “I don’t think all television has to be on that hard edge.… That’s basically not a part of my character.”
Collins had also been emcee of the Miss America Pageant in the 1980s and hosted other televised variety programs.
Born April 30, 1938, in Venice, Collins enrolled in Santa Monica City College before joining the Army. He became an announcer and disc jockey for Armed Forces Radio and began acting. After his military service ended he landed a starring role in the 1965 sitcom “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” and followed with regular roles in the TV series “Iron Horse,” “The Sixth Sense” and “Born Free.” He also had a string of guest star appearances in popular prime-time programs.