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Cancer seen after on-air test


A month after undergoing a mammogram on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Amy Robach said Monday she has breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery this week.

The 40-year-old correspondent admitted she had been reluctant to have the public mammogram but went ahead after “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts told her that if the story saved one life, it would be worth it.

“It never occurred to me that life would be mine,” she said.

Nat Geo record set

Viewers of the National Geographic Channel are slightly more interested in the Kennedy assassination than the killing of Abraham Lincoln – enough to set a viewing record for the 12-year-old network.

The “Killing Kennedy” film with Rob Lowe portraying the former president was watched by 3.4 million people Sunday night. The Nielsen company said Monday that edged last winter’s telecast of “Killing Lincoln” to become the most-watched show ever on the network, by a mere 3,000 viewers.

National Geographic said it will rerun “Killing Kennedy” twice Friday.

Reboot ‘a mistake’

Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new show “Murder, She Wrote.”

The 88-year-old actress said she’s a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in a rebooted version of the hit TV show, saying, “I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ ”

Speaking to The Associated Press about the honorary Academy Award she’ll accept in Los Angeles this week, Lansbury said Sunday “Murder, She Wrote” was “the greatest doorway to the world” because of the international popularity of lead character Jessica Fletcher.

Hammering a win

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” $85.7 million

2. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $11.3 million

3. “Free Birds,” $11.1 million

4. “Last Vegas,” $11 million

5. “Ender’s Game,” $10.3 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Playwright-actor Wallace Shawn is 70. Singer Brian Hyland is 70. Keyboardist Booker T. Jones is 69. Singer Neil Young is 68. Singer Barbara Fairchild is 63. Actress Megan Mullally is 55. Actress Cote de Pablo is 34. Actor Ryan Gosling is 33. Actress Anne Hathaway is 31.