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November 26, 2008|By From Sun news services

Laura Bush to write memoir; tonight she'll show off White House

First lady Laura Bush is making lots of news herself these days.

Yesterday, she confirmed to the Associated Press that she is planning to write a memoir and has met with publishers.

"I've been talking to some publishers, but nothing has happened yet - just a few visits," she said in a telephone interview.

While Nancy Reagan famously settled scores with old foes such as former White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan in My Turn, Bush has vowed to write a positive book, with a minimum of criticism, according to one publishing executive with knowledge of the meetings with the first lady. The executive asked not to be identified, citing the confidentiality of the discussions.

Bush will also host a History Channel special, The White House: Behind Closed Doors, at 9 tonight, sharing a look, for instance, at the seldom-photographed Lincoln Bedroom, as well as the Treaty Room, used by President Bush as his private office.

Koppel leaving Discovery

Former Nightline host Ted Koppel and the Discovery network are parting ways months before the end of his contract.

Koppel's departure was announced yesterday by the channel, which called it an "amicable agreement."

After a 42-year career at ABC, the longtime newsman joined Discovery amid much fanfare in 2006.

Koppel will continue doing commentary and analysis for NPR and BBC World News America but said that he has no other immediate professional plans.

Winehouse in hospital

Amy Winehouse's spokesman says the troubled singer is being treated at a clinic after a reaction to medication.

Chris Goodman says Winehouse was admitted to the London Clinic on Sunday. He declined to identify the medication that caused the reaction.

The 25-year-old Grammy winner has a history of drug problems and has been in and out of hospitals this year.

Tops on TV

Dancing with the Stars returned to its No. 1 status for the week of Nov. 17-23, according to Nielsen Media Research. The ABC reality show drew 19.6 million viewers.

The remaining top 10 (in millions): CSI, CBS, 18.4; NCIS, CBS, 17.9; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 17.6; Criminal Minds, CBS, 16.3; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 15.9; The Mentalist, CBS, 15.8; CSI: Miami, CBS, 15.5; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 15.2; Sunday Night Football, NBC, 15.2.

today's birthdays

Impressionist Rich Little, 70.

Singer Tina Turner, 69.

Pop musician John McVie, 63.

Actress Jamie Rose, 49.

Actress Kristin Bauer, 35.

Actor Peter Facinelli, 35.

Singer Lil Fizz, 23.

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