February 8, 2013

Roberts returning to morning show Feb. 20

NEW YORK - Robin Roberts will permanently return to "Good Morning America" on Feb. 20, co-host George Stephanopoulos announced Thursday morning.

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Robin Roberts is returning to co-host “Good Morning America” on Feb. 20 after five months of treatment for a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome, a life-threatening disease.

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Rihanna showed quite a bit of skin at last year’s annual Grammy Awards.

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"She's met with her doctors, they've cleared her to come back to the show," Stephanopoulos said. Roberts would be returning five months to the day after she took a leave of absence for treatment of a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome, he noted.

"A lot of people are very, very happy for you," Stephanopoulos said, cutting to a montage of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lopez sharing their well-wishes.

Last month, Roberts announced her intention to be back on the air within a few weeks. Since then, she has been going through dry runs at the studio to see if she can handle the stresses of being on set. As the "GMA" weather anchor Sam Champion explained to viewers Thursday, she will initially be back on an abbreviated schedule.

Grin, sure, but don't bare it

NEW YORK - CBS is asking stars not to bare too much skin Sunday at the Grammy Awards.

The network requests that "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered" for the televised award show. The memo sent out Wednesday also warned against "see-through clothing" and exposure of "the genital region," and said that "thong-type costumes are problematic."

Representatives for CBS and the Recording Academy declined to comment Thursday. Deadline Hollywood first reported the memo.

CBS broadcast the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that included Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction." The network was initially fined by the Federal Communications Commission, though the fine was later overturned.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held at 8 p.m. EST Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Actor jailed in protest of animal tests

MADISON, Wis. - Actor James Cromwell has been charged with disorderly conduct after police said he disrupted a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting while protesting lab tests on animals.

University police Sgt. Brent Gruber said Cromwell, 73, was ticketed on the misdemeanor charge and released from jail Thursday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday, Cromwell and an activist from an animal-rights group held two large signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab, while shouting about the treatment of cats.

The director of the school's Research Animal Resources Center says federal agriculture officials have found their claims to be false.

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