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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says people like Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand are "extraordinary people" who have contributed to "America's strength as a nation." The president honored the filmmaker and the singer-actress, along with 15 others by giving them the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Others honored include Gloria and Emilio Estefan, James Taylor, Yogi Berra and Willie Mays. Obama said it was "because of giants like Willie" that someone like him could even think about running for president.

    <<CUT ..005 (11/25/15)>> 00:12 "he played it"

    002-a-14-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"love with love"-President Obama says James Taylor always sounds like he's singing just to you. (25 Nov 2015)

    <<CUT ..002 (11/25/15)>> 00:14 "love with love"

    006-a-12-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"running for president"-President Obama says Willie Mays was one of the great athletes ever to play in American sports -- but he was also an inspiration to African-Americans across the country. (25 Nov 2015)

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    003-a-14-(President Barack Obama, at Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony)-"100 million records"-President Obama says Gloria and Emilio Estefan broke down barriers -- and brought Latin music into America's mainstream. (25 Nov 2015)

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They're at it again. Rosie O'Donnell has fired off another blast at Donald Trump -- something Trump did as recently as his guest host stint on "Saturday Night Live." Asked about Trump's bid for the White House, O'Donnell said: "it's a nightmare." She declined to elaborate, saying only "that's my quote." Over the years, O'Donnell and Trump have traded barbs with each other, with Trump criticizing O'Donnell's looks and calling her a "loser" and "slob."


    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Look for Rosie O'Donnell to be on the hit TV hit "Empire." The former talk show host says she was surprised and honored when "Empire" creator Lee Daniels invited her to guest star in an episode of the Fox drama series that airs tonight. O'Donnell plays Pepper O'Leary, a former prison cellmate of Cookie Lyon, who is played by Taraji P. Henson.


    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Bindi Irwin is the new "Dancing With the Stars" champ. She's been an emotional favorite of the judges all season long. Bindi is the daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who died after a stingray pierced his heart. Bindi sobbed as she was handed the mirrorball trophy and said being on the show has changed her life. It's the sixth victory for Bindi's professional partner Derek Hough (HUFH). Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was the runner-up and says Bindi deserved to win. Dancing With Stars will be back in the spring. Head judge Len Goodman will also return. He sat out the season just concluded.

    <<CUT ..009 (11/25/15)>> 00:06 "changing my life"

    011-r-06-(Tom Bergeron, during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)--Host Tom Bergeron presents the mirrorball trophy. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

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    010-a-03-(Nick Carter, runner-up, during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)-"Bindi deserved it (2nd reference)"-Nick Carter says he has no hard feeling that he came in second to Bindi Irwin. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

    <<CUT ..010 (11/25/15)>> 00:03 "Bindi deserved it (2nd reference)"

    012-a-15-(Carrie Ann Inaba (ee-NAH'-bah), during "Dancing With the Stars" finale Tuesday)-"you so much"-Prior to the final results being announced, judge Carrie Ann Inaba says Bindi Irwin was the highlight of the season. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (25 Nov 2015)

    <<CUT ..012 (11/25/15)>> 00:15 "you so much"


    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Korin Bukowski is now two-for-two on "The Voice." For two weeks straight the Team Gwen member has been in the bottom two and had to sing for her reality show life. Last night, she got the instant Twitter save again and moves into the Top 10. This week's top vote-getter was Amy Vachal from Team Adam. Adam Levine has three team members left. So do Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. But Team Pharrell is down to a single singer and faces possible elimination next week.

    <<CUT ..015 (11/25/15)>> 00:05 "by America's vote"


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sherri Shepherd is apparently making some legal history -- not that she's happy about it. A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled she is legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate before Shepherd and her ex-husband divorced. The actress and former co-host of "The View" has fought efforts to be named the boy's mother. But a lawyer for her ex, Lamar Sally, believes she must keep paying the $4,100-a-month in child support awarded by a court in California. Court papers show the couple paid $105,000 for a surrogate and backed the pregnancy until Shepherd changed her mind as the marriage faltered. Surrogacy advocates say the Superior Court ruling is the first in Pennsylvania to declare surrogacy contracts legal and binding.


    NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagine a mash-up between a hit TV medical drama and one of Broadway's hottest plays. That's what viewers will see if they tune in "Code Black" on CBS. Tonight's episode will feature an appearance by Alton Fitzgerald White, who played Simba's dad in "The Lion King." In the episode, White plays an actor who plays Mufasa in a touring version of the Disney musical. He shows up at the hospital with a nasty throat infection and a handful of fellow cast members come to sing and pray him back to health. White, who played Mufasa more than 4,000 times, says it's a "beautiful cap" to his Lion King experience.

    Rewind Time

    November 06, 2015 08:10 GMT

    AM-Prep-Today in History

    Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2015. There are 55 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.

    On this date:

    In 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed in battle.

    In 1854, America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington, D.C.

    In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.

    In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover's presidential election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.

    In 1934, Nebraska voters approved dissolving their two-chamber legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single (or "unicameral") legislative body, which was implemented in 1937.

    In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.

    In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

    In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected Senator from Massachusetts.

    In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.

    In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.

    In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.

    In 2012, President Barack Obama was elected to a second term of office, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

    Ten years ago: An overnight tornado killed 25 people in southwestern Indiana. In a clear jab at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez), President George W. Bush, in Brazil, called on Latin Americans to boldly defend strong democratic institutions. French President Jacques Chirac (zhahk shih-RAHK') promised arrests, trials and punishment in the wake of urban unrest that had spread to central Paris.

    Five years ago: President Barack Obama opened his 10-day Asia trip on a somber note in Mumbai, India, where he memorialized victims of devastating terror attacks two years earlier, declaring, "We'll never forget." A Yemeni judge ordered police to find Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric, "dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners. (Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.)

    One year ago: The march toward same-sex marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. (A divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned the laws in June 2015.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassured Jordan's King Abdullah that he would not yield to increasing demands by some members of his center-right coalition to allow Jews to pray at a Muslim-run holy site in Jerusalem.

    Today's Birthdays: Actress June Squibb is 86. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 83. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 78. Singer P.J. Proby is 77. Country singer Guy Clark is 74. Actress Sally Field is 69. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 67. Singer Rory Block is 66. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 66. TV host Catherine Crier is 61. News correspondent and former California first lady Maria Shriver is 60. Actress Lori Singer is 58. Actor Lance Kerwin is 55. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 52. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 51. Rock singer Corey Glover is 51. Actor Brad Grunberg is 51. Actor Peter DeLuise is 49. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 47. Actor Ethan Hawke is 45. Chef/TV judge Marcus Samuelsson is 45. Actress Thandie Newton is 43. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn (roh-MAYN') is 43. Actress Zoe McLellan is 41. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 37. Actress Taryn Manning is 37. Basketball player Lamar Odom is 36. Actress Patina Miller (TV: "Madam Secretary") is 31. Actress Katie Leclere (LEH'-klehr) is 29. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 29. Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis is 27. Actress Emma Stone is 27. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 26.

    Thought for Today: "The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn." -- Alvin Toffler, American writer-futurist (1928- ).

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