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Satire-master Nielsen dead at 84

Despite decades spent playing sober commanders and serious captains, Leslie Nielsen insisted that he was always made for comedy. He proved it in his career’s second act. “Surely you can’t be serious,” an airline passenger says to Nielsen in “Airplane!” the 1980 hit that turned the actor from dramatic leading man to comic star. “I am serious,” Nielsen replies. “And don’t call me Shirley.” The line was probably his most famous — and a perfect distillation of his career. Nielsen, the dramatic lead in “Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” and the bumbling detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun”
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Here we go again: Another Minnesota recount

Minnesota hit the reset button Monday in another close election as workers began the tedious task of reviewing more than 2.1 million ballots in the governor’s race — one at a time and under the watchful gaze of volunteers and lawyers for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. The recount follows on the heels of a 2008 standoff over a U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota that stretched into the following summer. All sides say they’re eager to button up this election sooner. But given the stakes, no one is taking the recount lightly. Dayton hopes the recount validates a
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Well, we always said Dr. Laura was a space cadet

Talk-show host Laura Schlessinger won’t stay away from radio very long — only a weekend, in fact. Sirius XM Radio Inc. said Monday it has a multiyear deal with Schlessinger to bring her “Dr. Laura” advice program to satellite radio in January. Specific terms were not revealed. Schlessinger had said in August that she was quitting her syndicated radio program, a week after she apologized for using the N-word on the air 11 times while talking to a black woman, and activists demanded her ouster. She ends her traditional radio program on Friday, Dec. 31. The following Monday, her “Dr.
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