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First lady goes to see Franklin


Aretha Franklin says “it was fabulous” to have first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington, D.C.

The Queen of Soul sang for Obama and Holder – as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said it was great to see her VIP guests relax and “shake their hips a little,” especially after a tough re-election campaign.

Franklin has performed for Obama before – at the inauguration of President Obama. Franklin told The Associated Press she doesn’t think there will be an encore in 2013, though if invited she “would certainly come and would love to sing.”

Franklin also paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing “I Will Always Love You.”

HIV project due

MTV is airing a special that profiles three young people who have HIV amid worries that some people are taking the condition too casually.

The special, “I’m Positive,” is scheduled to air Dec. 1. Drew Pinsky, one of the show’s producers, said he hopes it can become a regular series if it attracts an audience.

He said he hopes the special encourages viewers to be diligent about preventing transmission and get tested if they are at risk.

Vampires are slayers

The top five movies from the weekend box office, according to

1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” $141.1 million

2. “Skyfall,” $41.1 million

3. “Lincoln,” $21.1 million

4. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $18.6 million

5. “Flight,” $8.8 million

Advice for teen self?

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Estelle Parsons is 85. Comedian Dick Smothers is 74. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 70. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 66. Actress Bo Derek is 56. Actress Ming-Na is 49. Rapper Mike D is 47. Singer Dierks Bentley is 37. Actor Joshua Gomez is 37. Singer Josh Turner is 35. Bassist Jared Followill is 26.