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Iconic ruby slippers taking trip to London

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Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday.

They will be shown with Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham dress in “Hollywood Costume,” an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London. Curators say it’s the first time Dorothy’s dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

Return to studio

Agnetha Faltskog, one of the former members of Swedish pop band ABBA, is preparing for a comeback and has returned to the recording studio after more than eight years of musical silence.

The singer’s spokesman, Staffan Linde, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the 62-year-old Faltskog is working alongside Swedish songwriter Jorgen Elofsson, who has previously penned and produced tunes for megastars including Britney Spears, Celine Dion and boy band Westlife. He could not say when the new album will be released.

Grafton robbed

Mystery writer Sue Grafton told WHAS-TV that her Louisville, Ky., home is one of several in her neighborhood that was broken into.

Grafton, a Louisville native, says she went to put away some pieces of silver recently and noticed her set of forks, knives and miscellaneous serving pieces was missing.

Police say there’s been a string of burglaries in the area in the past several weeks.

Performers tapped

Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey and Lily Tomlin have signed on to honor Ellen DeGeneres with tribute performances as she wins the nation’s top humor prize.

The Kennedy Center in Washington is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 22. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Oct. 30.

Lawsuit settled

No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members’ likenesses in the video game “Band Hero,” court records state.

The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before trial was set to begin on the band’s claims of fraud, violation of publicity rights, and breach of contract.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Arlene Smith is 71. Singer Richard Street is 70. Singer Brian Johnson is 65. Director Clive Barker is 60. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 52. Actress Josie Bissett is 42. Singer-actress and Northrop High School graduate Heather Headley is 38. Actress Kate Winslet is 37. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 29.

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