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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was private.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen Co. says Sunday's Golden Globes awards ceremony got a nice ratings bump over last year. With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handling host duties, the NBC telecast was seen by 19.7 million viewers. That's an audience growth of 2.8 million viewers (or 17 percent) over last year's show, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais. It was the top-rated Globes in six years, according to national figures released Monday.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Aberdeen Wings minor league hockey team has named a new coach. St. Cloud, Minn., native and former Bemidji State standout Travis Winter has been serving as an assistant coach for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders since 2009. The RoughRiders are a team in the United States Hockey League. The Wings play in the lower-tier North American Hockey League.
NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Roberts' grueling road to recovery will be bringing her back to the "Good Morning America" anchor desk soon. Appearing from her home on Monday's show, Roberts wore a broad smile as she announced that her most recent bone marrow test showed no sign of the life-threatening disease that has kept her off the air for months. That means she can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair, she said, emphasizing she needs to go through a "process of re-entry."
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Wrestler Hulk Hogan has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, saying the clinic did unnecessary surgeries that damaged his career. The Tampa Bay Times ( http://bit.ly/WGqhhJ ) reports that Hogan filed the lawsuit Monday. He filed under his real name, which is Terry Bollea. It seeks damages of $50 million.
NEW YORK (AP) — The musical of "Big Fish" starring two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz has reeled in a Broadway theater. Producers said Monday that the new show will open in early October at the Neil Simon Theatre. Previews begin September 5 following a tune-up in Chicago this April and May.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The husband of a Minnesota woman who was trapped in her overturned car on an icy pond says she's expected to recover. Authorities say 67-year-old Nancy Breberg was looking for a hotel in Plymouth when she veered off the road, crashed through a fence, landed on the pond and became trapped for 18 hours until a bicyclist found her Saturday. Some water had seeped into the car around her feet.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers hope to learn more about how the recent fiscal cliff deal that temporarily averted an economic crisis is shaping the economic picture closer to home. The House Ways and Means Committee was getting an overview Monday from finance officials about the numbers behind the state's $1.1 billion projected deficit. In the process, they were expecting an update on how the New Year's Day deal in Washington alters the outlook here. Definitive answers might be hard to come by.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota plans to make it easier for people researching their family histories to access old adoption information by digitizing roughly 5 million pages worth of records, including some that date to the late 19th century. The records are stored on about 2,000 rolls of microfilm at the Department of Human Services. The agency put the job of digitizing the records out for bid last month, saying it shouldn't cost more than $67,500, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body. The 24-year-old Miss DC plans to undergo a double mastectomy after she struts in a bikini and flaunts her roller skating talent. She is removing both breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.