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Associated Press / April 27, 2011

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Katie Couric confirmed that she is leaving “CBS Evening News,’’ less than five years after she became the first woman to lead a network TV evening newscast by herself. Couric, 54, told People magazine for a story published on its website yesterday that she’s “looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multidimensional storytelling.’’ Couric’s contract expires June 4.

If it sounds like a duck
Daniel McKeague, 36, a sales manager from Minnesota, beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the Aflac insurance company’s duck mascot. Gottfried voiced Aflac’s duck for US audiences for 11 years but was ousted in March after making insensitive remarks on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which produces about 75 percent of Aflac’s revenue.

Neil case closed
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has completed requirements of his Las Vegas drunken driving sentence. Court officials and Neil’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, said a Las Vegas judge declared the DUI case closed yesterday. Neil pleaded guilty in January to driving drunk in his Lamborghini last summer near the Las Vegas Strip.

Heavy words
“He’s probably the most beloved actor of anybody I’ve ever worked with in the film business. And I don’t say that lightly.” — Jodie Foster, on Mel Gibson, her embattled friend and costar in her new film, “The Beaver.”