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  • ABC News' Cathy Becker reports:

    During its six-season run on HBO in the 1990s, "The Larry Sanders Show" was a sitcom with a serrated edge, serving up painfully awkward comic moments.

    The show starred Garry Shandling as the selfish, neurotic Sanders, who hosted "The Larry Sanders Show," a fictional late-night talk show. It focuses on the behind-the-scenes work to produce the show, and often featured celebrity guest stars playing themselves.

    Jeffrey Tambor shined as Sanders' sidekick, Hank Kingsley, who was known for his "Hey, now" catchphrase.

    RELATED: Cast of 'St. Elsewhere' Reunites

    Mary Lynn Rajskub played Mary Lou. Penny Johnson Jerald was Beverly, Sanders' assistant. Wallace Langham was Phil, the show's head writer, and Rip Torn played Sanders' executive producer, Artie.

    At a reunion for Entertainment Weekly magazine, the cast reflected on how cutting-edge the show was.

    "Well, first of all, it was very exciting because I knew from the very beginning what I was into

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  • 'GMA' Purse Intervention: What's in Your Bag?

    That designer bag may look fabulous on your arm, but what is it doing to your back? Carrying bags that weigh more than five pounds can be hazardous to your health, doctors say. That's why "GMA" decided to launch its very own "Purse Intervention," weighing women's purses across the country.

    "GMA" ambushed women on the streets of New York and Los Angeles and found women are lugging around tons of extra weight with purses in the range of 5 to 10 pounds, and some even more!

    Why do our bags always tip the scales?! asked "GMA's" Amy Robach and weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga to open up their purses for us.

    Inside Amy's Purse


    Makeup bag

    Gum (and lot of mints) - "I'm addicted to gum."

    Lots of lips gloss

    Wet One Wipes and Tissues - "These are because I have kids."


    Hair clip




    Googly eyes - "Must have fallen off a kid's art project at some point!"

    Eye drops


    Inside Bianna's Purse (7.5 pounds)

    Make-up bag

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  • Boy Band Confirms Reunion, Album

    (ABC)Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees, who won season two of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," returned to the show this season for its All-Stars edition, but was voted out this past Tuesday night. But that's OK - it means he can now turn his attention to the 98 Degrees reunion.

    Over the summer, 98 Degrees, including Drew, brother Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, got together for the first time in years for two performances: one on NBC's "Today" show, and one at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pa. They stopped short of announcing any additional plans, but now Drew confirms to ABC News Radio that a full-fledged reunion is on tap.

    "We're gonna start heading back into the studio here in the next month or so making new music," Drew tells ABC News Radio. "And then, hopefully, in 2013, we are gonna be back out on tour. So…we got some great stuff coming up and I'm looking forward to getting back with those guys and making some new music."

    98 Degrees never actually broke up; they

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  • Is Whitney Houston's Daughter Engaged?

    ABC News' Sheila Marikar:

    In a new promo for Lifetime's reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own," premiering Oct. 24, Bobbi Kristina Brown flashes a sapphire rock that belonged to her late mother, Whitney Houston, looks at her childhood friend Nick Gordon, and nervously announces to her family, "We're engaged."

    That doesn't mean she and Gordon actually are engaged.

    Rumors about Brown and Gordon's engagement started months ago. They've been repeatedly shot down. In the clip, Brown's aunt Pat Houston calls the engagement "unacceptable," and earlier this week, she told that Brown and Gordon merely have a "very, very strong friendship."

    "A lot of teenagers, when they hit 18, they think they're grown," Houston told "They think they know it all, they think they know about relationships. You just have to be there to navigate and guide them."

    She added, "You have to hope that their feelings will not get hurt, but they will," suggesting

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  • 'Body Shaming': Plus Size Models Speak Out

    ABC News' Cecilia Vega and Matt Knox report:

    Critics proclaimed Ashley Judd's face too chubby, Jessica Simpson's baby body too big and LeAnn Rimes too thin.

    But now, Plus Model magazine's "Love Your Body" issue wants to put an end to what it calls the "body shaming" with portraits of naked women proudly showing off their curves.

    "I wanted to create that conversation, and I wanted people to say, hey, maybe I need to stop writing those negative things," Plus Model magazine editor-in-chief Madeline Jones told ABC News.

    The spread, intended to represent all those who have been shamed or bullied for their size, shows models wearing little more than high heels and jewelry. But each photo comes with the message that no one is safe from body shaming, and that body shaming hurts everyone.

    "To the extent women look at this and it expands their understanding of what is beautiful, then that I think it is a great thing," body image expert Sarah Maria said.

    Model Laura Johnson

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  • 'Bennifer' Still Stay in Touch

    GettyImages.comBen Affleck and Jennifer Lopez ended their infamous "Bennifer" relationship nearly 10 years ago, but the actor and filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter he still keeps in touch with his ex.

    "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there will be an email saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great,'" Affleck said.

    "I remember when she got 'American Idol,'" he added. "I said, 'This was really smart. Good luck.' I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful."

    Their relationship ended in 2004, a year after their box office bomb "Gigli" was released.

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  • ABC News' Thea Trachtenberg and Lauren Sher:

    Long before shows like " Grey's Anatomy" "House" and "ER," there was "St. Elsewhere." Thirty years ago, the show was the first medical drama of its kind, and devoted fans followed the lives and loves inside the dingy South Boston teaching hospital for six seasons.

    "More people died there than at any hospital, I think, in the history of television," joked Ed Begley Jr., who played Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged show.

    The "first hospital show, even the stars of our show had a tendency to die off and get killed," said comedian Howie Mandel, who played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. "We couldn't even save ourselves, let alone patients."

    The fictional St. Eligious hospital, where the show took place, was staffed with a slew of now familiar faces, from actor Ed Begley Jr., to comedian Howie Mandel, "NCIS" star Mark Harmon and David Morse of "The Green Mile" and more. Even a young and relatively unknown

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  • Female Fighter Pilot Breaks Gender Barriers

    ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports:

    Col. Jeannie Flynn Leavitt is not only a decorated fighter pilot; she has broken through gender barriers few thought possible. She was recently named the Air Force's first female wing commander, commanding 5,000 airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.

    Twenty years ago, when she had completed part of her training, she was told that if she wanted to be fighter pilot, she would be the first and would draw attention. "I said, 'Well, I don't want the attention, but I want to fly fighters more than anything,'" she responded.

    She knew she was entering a world dominated by male swagger. Think "Top Gun" - "The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room."

    And that attitude was not just in the movies. Even the Pentagon brass once argued that male bonding was critical.

    "If you want to make a combat unit ineffective, add some women to it," retired Gen. Robert Barrow, the former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps,

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  • ABC News' Kelly Hagan reports:

    Tori Spelling gave birth to Finn Davey McDermott
      six weeks ago and he appears to be the picture of health, but the actress says she nearly lost her life during the pregnancy.

    In an interview with Us Weekly magazine, the 39-year-old mother of four revealed just how risky her fourth pregnancy really was.

    Twenty weeks into the pregnancy, Spelling woke up one day to find blood dripping down her legs, the magazine reports in its new issue.

    WATCH: Tori Spelling on Being a 'Normal Mom'

    Spelling was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, where she learned she had a condition called placenta previa, in which the placenta covers the opening of the cervix. The condition most likely resulted in part from the C-sections she had with her three other children - Liam Aaron, 5, Stella Doreen, 4, and Hattie Margaret, 10 months - all with her husband, actor Dean McDermott.

    Another possible reason for the complication could have been the timing of Finn's

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  • Ann Romney's Popularity, Welsh Cakes on Fire


    Ann Romney talked dancing horses and dancing stars, but not politics, this morning as the wife of GOP nominee Mitt Romney co-hosted "Good Morning America."

    Long-called her husband's "secret weapon" for her ability to humanize the often stiff seeming candidate, Romney has become an increasingly popular figure this campaign season. A recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll found her favorability rating jumping 12 points between April and October, making her almost as popular as first lady Michelle Obama.

    Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Mae Astute"After raising five boys, I'm ready for anything that's thrown my way," Romney said of her co-hosting gig, before burning her signature Welsh cake snacks.

    "They're burning," she said of the fritters her Welsh grandmother taught her to make and which she routinely makes on the trail.

    RECIPE: Ann Romney's Welsh Skillet Cakes

    In a following cooking segment with actor Stanley Tucci, a too-hot pan caused another minor cooking disaster.

    "My plane almost goes down, now I'm

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