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Pols prize late-night and comedy show appearances

NEW YORK (AP) — It proved to be more than a joke when David Letterman said in late September that "the road to the White House runs through me."

Presidential candidates found late-night comedy shows a particularly valuable asset during the 2008 campaign, making more than four times the number of on-set appearances with Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and the crowd than the 2004 contenders did, some new research has found.


Who am I?

I first found life in 1939, when Chicago-based Montgomery Ward company commissioned an employee, Robert L. May, to create a coloring book to use as Christmas gifts for children who came to its department stores. My story was first printed commercially in 1947 and Gene Autry immortalized me in a song in 1949. To this day, I am one of the biggest TV stars in the world — especially every December.

Who am I?

Last week’s answer: The Christmas Stocking


Police: Hilton's home burglarized, jewelry missing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating a burglary at Paris Hilton's home they say left her bedroom ransacked and about $2 million in jewelry missing.


Carrey's 'Yes Man' earns aye vote with $18M debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie audiences greeted Jim Carrey and Will Smith with a lukewarm "yes' as snowstorms undermined weekend debuts from both stars.

Carrey's comedy "Yes Man" opened at No. 1 with $18.2 million in ticket sales, while Smith's drama "Seven Pounds" came in second with $16 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Rep says Ed McMahon staying in house


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed McMahon can stay put.

Publicist Howard Bragman confirmed Thursday that the TV icon and his wife have no plans to move from their home, which has been facing foreclosure for nine months.

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