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  • (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik, file)"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts has been named to Essence magazine's Women of the Year list.

    The magazine's December issue names Roberts, along with several other prominent black women, including author and inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, first lady Michelle Obama, Sybrina Fulton - the mother of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin - Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Malawi's President Joyce Banda.

    U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is on the list, and she graces the cover of next month's issue.

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    Roberts, who turns 52 years old Friday, is on medical leave from "GMA." She received a bone marrow transplant in September to treat MDS, a rare blood disorder.

    Many people have become more aware about MDS since Roberts' diagnosis, and she has urged people to register to become bone marrow donors.

    Roberts received donor stem cells from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.

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  • Picking the Hottest Toys for Kids

    It's almost like election season all over again. But this time kids, not voters, are the main targets.

    Instead of Obama vs. Romney, it's Mattel vs. Hasbro. Marketers have launched a barrage of advertising for hot toys, games and other gifts for the holidays.

    Toy consultant Richard Gottlieb of Global Toy Experts has seen it all before. "Most hot toys are 'hot' because they're promoted and advertised," he says.

    "It doesn't mean they are not great toys. It just means that somebody somewhere decided to invest a lot of money on television or the Internet to get the word out."

    For parents and grandparents, walking into a big toy store can be a bewildering experience. Each year thousands of new products take the place of last year's brands.

    "It's very easy to get caught up in the frenzy of getting that particular toy that your child is screaming for just because they've seen it on television 8,000 times," says Gottlieb.

    All year long Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim of the consumer

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  • Nine-year-old Samantha “Sam” Gordon, who became an Internet sensation after a video of her football skills went viral this month, will now have her picture on a Wheaties cereal box.

    Credit: WheatiesThe pee-wee superstar from South Jordan, Utah, was shown the cereal box for the first time live on “Good Morning America” today.  “That’s awesome,” she said.

    Sam’s dad, Brent Gordon, posted a highlight reel of her tackles, touchdowns, and rushes past all of the boys in her league on YouTube two weeks ago and it went viral, getting millions of views and turning Sam into a mini-star.

    Sam appeared on ESPN Sunday alongside former NFL stars Warren Sapp and Marshall Faulk, who analyzed her moves, and last week she even got to practice with the San Francisco 49ers.

    “It’s been very awesome,” she said today on “GMA.”  “I kind of just threw the ball around with them and it was really fun.”

    Wheaties said they picked Sam because she’s an inspiration to other young girls and aspiring athletes around

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  • Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right Now

    It's not yet Black Friday but some stores are already offering Cyber Monday deals.

    Cyber Monday is typically the first Monday after Thanksgiving, and it's become well-known for the extraordinary discounts offered to online shoppers on that day.

    This year, retailers aren't waiting until Monday. They're making deals available right now.

    Kohl's is offering 500 "Early Bird" online specials. They call it early Black Friday.

    RELATED: How to Get the Best Black Friday Deals

    Why are retailers offering Cyber Monday now? One of the reasons is the prevalence of mobile devices which enable shoppers to shop anywhere, at any time.

    It's estimated that 24 percent of shopping this holiday weekend will be done on mobile devices.

    The Deals

    Among the many deep discounts Kohl's is offering starting today, shoppers may get a Vivitar 12.1 mega pixel digital camera that's regularly priced at $149.99 for $59.99.

    On Amazon.com, sales are already available under a promotion the

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  • Nicki Minaj makes her debut as a judge on " American Idol" in January and it seems she wants to bury the hatchet with fellow judge Mariah Carey before then.

    "[Mariah's] been one of my favorite artists of all time since I can remember, so it's weird that everything kind of, was blown up like that. It didn't make me happy at all," Minaj, 29, said today on " Good Morning America," addressing the reports of feuding and friction between the two superstar judges.

    The always colorful singer lauded praise on Mariah Carey's legacy and vocals, but had no apologies about being her bold self at the judges' table.

    "I can't take away what she's done in my life and just in pop culture in general and just having one of the most amazing voices in the world," Minaj said. "Having said that, I'm an adult and we are passionate on the set and sometimes when you're a passionate woman, you know, sometimes it kind of ruffles other women's feathers, but I'm going to continue to be Nicki

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  • Millions know Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado on the hit ABC show " Modern Family." As it turns out, Rodriguez is not so far off from his on-screen personality when it comes to dispensing advice, offering wisdom like Manny does far beyond his years. In his book, " Reel Life Lessons…So Far," the child star dishes on what it's like to have Sofia Vergara as his TV mom, and gives his take on growing up in the spotlight, family values and overcoming the challenges in life. Read an excerpt of the book below.

    Excerpt From Chapter 14 of 'Reel Life Lessons…So Far'

    For as long as I've been acting, I have been very lucky to be paired with really great actresses playing my mom. It could be worse - I could get the roles with a wicked mom, right? Naturally, people are curious about how my real mom feels about me having a TV mom. They want to know if she likes how my TV mom treats me. My mom and Sofia Vergara get along great. It's kind of funny when people ask me about Sofia because

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  • Bieber Dominates American Music Awards

    So what if the big closing number of the 40th Anniversary edition of the American Music Awards was a song sung in Korean, and the big winner was Canadian? The fan-voted awards show, which aired Sunday night on ABC, still managed to pack a year's worth of hit songs in every genre into one blowout, three-hour telecast.

    Click HERE to See the Red Carpet Arrivals at the American Music Awards

    (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)Justin Bieber was the night's big winner, in more ways than one. He took home the most prestigious award, Artist of the Year, as well as two additional trophies: Favorite Pop/Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. He also performed two songs - "As Long as You Love Me" and "Beauty & a Beat." Carly Rae Jepsen, the fellow Canadian whose career he boosted to the top of the charts this past year, score her first major award for Favorite New Artist of the Year. On top of that, Bieber's mentor, Usher, opened the show and took home his 8th AMA, for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

    At the podium for

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  • 'Dog Whisperer' Reveals Suicide Attempt

    During a tough year in 2010, Cesar Millan, better known as the "Dog Whisperer," attempted suicide. The admission is made by the 43-year-old in "Cesar Millan: The Real Story," a documentary airing on Nat Geo Wild on November 25.

    At one point Millan had been at the top of his game, with celebrity clients, a hit TV show and international recognition as an advocate for bully breeds. But soon after the loss of his 16-year-old pit bull Daddy in February of 2010, his wife of 16 years, Ilusion Millan, filed for divorce.

    "I was at the lowest level I had ever been emotionally and psychologically," Milan wrote on his blog in August.

    Speaking about the loss of his dog, Milan told the Associated Press, "Daddy was my Tibet, my Himalaya, my Gouda, my Buddha, my source of calmness."

    After surviving an overdose, Millan plunged himself back into work and exercise. He also recently met Jahira Dar, whom he calls "the one."

    "I am a traditional guy, so I like to do the whole

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  • Most 'Twilight' Fans Happy With Finale

    Your local movie theater will be packed with teens all weekend long, because the fifth and final Twilight film has made its debut.

    "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" reunites stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Stewart's Bella has given birth to her daughter with Pattinson's vampire character, Edward. She survived the delivery and is now a vampire herself.

    The couple's family is threatened when the ancient vampire council, the Volturi, finds out about their child, which is half-human, half-vampire.

    Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Peter Facinelli also star in Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which is rated PG-13.

    How big of a weekend will "Breaking Dawn - Part 2? have? Well, consider this: the film represented 92 percent of all ticket sales on Fandango for Thursday. There are predictions that it could rake in as much as 150 million dollars.

    ABC News Radio caught up with some fans after a late Thursday night

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  • Married to the Army: The Real Army Wives


    ABC News' Liz Sintay and Eliza Murphy Report:

    November is Military Family Month, a time for honoring those who sacrifice so much for our country. And the OWN Network is debuting a new series on Nov. 18 called " Married to the Army: Alaska." It offers an inside look at the lives of military wives and the special sisterhood they form while their husbands are deployed.

    Yolanda Goins is one of the stars of the new OWN series, and is no stranger to the responsibility a spouse shoulders for family and home while her husband, Col. Morris Goins, is overseas.

    "We decided to do the show because we noticed that our spouses really give a tremendous sacrifice to our nation," Goins said on "Good Morning America" today. "So while the soldiers are serving on one side of the battlefield, we have children and spouses at home serving on the other side of the battlefield."

    Yolanda Goins was born into the army life as the daughter of two career soldiers. Her husband just

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