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Last Update on March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

LEONARD NIMOY - ALTERED BILLS

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canadians are marking the death of Leonard Nimoy -- by marking up some of their money. It seems a former prime minister pictured on $5 bank notes looks like Nimoy's character Spock from "Star Trek." That is, if the former P.M. had pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and a dark bowl haircut. No problem for sharp-eyed Canadians with Sharpies -- or other writing implements. They have transformed the images of Wilfrid Laurier to look like Spock. Canada's central bank says it isn't illegal to deface or mutilate bank notes. But a bank spokeswoman says scribbling on them is inappropriate -- because it defaces a Canadian symbol and source of national pride. Since Nimoy died, people on social networking sites have posted their own versions of the $5 bill that make the former prime minister look like Spock.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Estelle says she remembers that when she was a kid, her family was so hooked on "Dynasty," her parents made sure no one bothered them when it was on. She says it's the same way now with the Fox series "Empire." She says just as her parents "ran our lives" around Dynasty, they shape their day around the show. Estelle has good reason to make sure it's quiet when Empire is on; she's been a guest star on the show. She says she loved her character -- noting she had hair down to her butt -- and Estelle says she would enjoy "flicking it around."

Estelle says it was a dream to perform "Conqueror" with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

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Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she adored the character she plays on "Empire." ((note language: cut contains word "butt"))

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Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says as a kid, her mother was obsessed with the characters on "Dynasty," like she now is with "Empire."

PARKS AND RECREATION - FINALE

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's another sign that the line between watching TV on TV and watching TV online has become blurred. Last week, NBC's "Parks and Recreation" signed off after seven seasons on the air. While the Nielsen ratings showed the finale drew just over 4 million viewers -- a relatively small number -- it drew the more tweets than any other program on TV. That includes "The Walking Dead," which had three times the audience as the NBC show. It's a sign Parks and Recreation made more of a dent online than it did on the air.

IDRIS ELBA - NETFLIX - THEATER PROJECT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- For many movies, the choice is whether to catch it in the theater -- or wait until it's out on TV. But you won't have to make that choice when "Beasts of No Nation" is released later this year. That's because the project will drop both in select theaters in the U.S. -- and worldwide on Netflix. And it will be released the same day in both formats. The movie tells the story of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

"THE VOICE" - BLIND AUDITIONS CONTINUE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All four coaches on "The Voice" want Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Gaynor. He's a vocalist with the band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He got the four coaches to turn their chairs during last night's blind auditions. But it's Christina Aguilera who lands the soldier. She pointed out her dad was an Army sergeant, too. Team Xtina has just one slot to fill. The rest of the teams are nearly complete, too. Tonight, The Voice recaps the blind auditions, so far. Next week, the final selections will be made before the battle rounds begin.

All four coaches want Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera says she can identify with Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Pharrell Williams and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor

Pharrell Williams tells Jeremy Gaynor he's star material. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

OPRAH WINFREY LEAVING CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey helped put Chicago on the map as a hub for TV production. But now she is pulling up stakes in the Windy City. She's closing down Harpo Studios -- which her talk show called home for more than 20 years. Production that had been done in Chicago will move to her new production house in West Hollywood, California. The Chicago site has been sold to a developer for about $32 million.

Rewind Time

March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2015. There are 302 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term of office; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared, "With malice toward none, with charity for all."

On this date:

In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.

In 1913, the "Buffalo nickel" officially went into circulation.

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was broadcast live on 21 radio stations coast-to-coast.

In 1930, Coolidge Dam in Arizona was dedicated by its namesake, former President Calvin Coolidge.

In 1940, Kings Canyon National Park in California was established.

In 1952, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, California.

In 1964, Teamsters president James Hoffa and three co-defendants were found guilty by a federal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, of jury tampering.

In 1974, the first issue of People magazine, then called People Weekly, was published by Time-Life Inc.; on the cover was actress Mia Farrow, then co-starring in "The Great Gatsby."

In 1989, Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announced plans for a huge media merger.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender.

Ten years ago: American troops in Iraq fired on a car carrying just-freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena (zhoo-lee-AH'-nah ZGRAY'-nah), killing Nicola Calipari, the intelligence officer who'd helped negotiate her release and injuring the reporter. Martha Stewart, imprisoned for five months for her role in a stock scandal, left federal prison to start five months of home confinement. President George W. Bush nominated career scientist Stephen L. Johnson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Five years ago: A Hollister, California, man with a history of severe psychiatric problems opened fire at a Pentagon security checkpoint; John Patrick Bedell, 36, wounded two police officers before being killed by police. Two Germans and two Turkish men were convicted in Duesseldorf over a foiled 2007 plot to attack U.S. targets in Germany and given prison sentences ranging up to 12 years. Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the United States, angrily withdrew its ambassador after a congressional committee approved a resolution branding the World War I killing of Armenians a genocide. (The measure, however, was never taken up by the 111th Congress.)

One year ago: President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government's leaders in a show of support following Russia's military incursion into the Crimean Peninsula.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Paula Prentiss is 77. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 74. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 67. Singer Shakin' Stevens is 67. Author James Ellroy is 67. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is 65. Singer Chris Rea is 64. Actor/rock singer-musician Ronn Moss is 63. Actress Kay Lenz is 62. Musician Emilio Estefan is 62. Movie director Scott Hicks is 62. Actress Catherine O'Hara is 61. Actor Mykelti (MY'-kul-tee) Williamson is 58. Actress Patricia Heaton is 57. Actor Steven Weber is 54. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 52. Actress Stacy Edwards is 50. Rapper Grand Puba is 49. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 49. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 48. Actress Patsy Kensit is 47. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 46. Actress Andrea Bendewald is 45. Actor Nick Stabile (stah-BEEL') is 45. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 44. Country singer Jason Sellers is 44. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 38. Actress Jessica Heap is 32. TV personality Whitney Port is 30. Actress Margo Harshman is 29. Actor Josh Bowman is 27. Actress Andrea Bowen is 25. Actress Jenna Boyd is 22.

Thought for Today: "I do not understand the world, but I watch its progress." -- Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).