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September 2, 2010

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New show: It’s ‘Conan’

New York — There’s Madonna, Oprah and now ... “Conan.”

Conan O’Brien took the simple approach Wednesday in announcing the name of his new talk show on TBS.

“Conan” will kick off Nov. 8.

He posted a YouTube video announcing the show’s name to his fans. He scrawled the name on a white sheet of paper using a black marking pen.

O’Brien has finished a comedy concert tour. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his short-lived stint as NBC “Tonight” show host that ended amid much drama in January, but lost to Jon Stewart and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

Lambert tops CMA Awards nominations

Nashville, Tenn. — Miranda Lambert made history Wednesday morning when she was nominated for nine CMA Awards, the most for a female country music artist.

She’ll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the second most nominations with five and Shelton was next with four, tied with Zac Brown Band.

The year 2010 is taking on fairy tale qualities for the fiery Texan, who won three Academy of Country Music Awards in March, got engaged a few months later and has much to look forward to the rest of the year.

“I don’t think it gets better than this,” Lambert said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “It’s been a dream and it’s not even over with. I’ll be sad when 2011 comes because this year has just been one blessing after another.”

‘Gone With the Wind’ donation target met

Austin, Texas — Legions of “Gone With the Wind” fans have together donated tens of thousands of dollars to prove they, frankly, do give a you-know-what.

The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center says it has met its $30,000 fundraising goal to pay for restoring five of Scarlett O’Hara’s gowns from the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

Ransom Center officials announced Tuesday that contributions came from more than 600 people in 44 states and 13 countries.

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