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Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:07 GMT

HILARY SWANK: DEATH BECOMES HER?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Hilary Swank says even her own mom wonders why it seems she never lives long enough in the movies to see the credits roll. The actress has starred in a number of films in which her character -- or someone close to her -- dies. Swank says it isn't like she asks her people to go out and find scripts in which she ends up dead. But she says she does ask her people to point her to roles in which there are stories about women who can show the world "real, meaty, courageous, brave snippets of life." Her latest movie is "You're Not You" -- in which she plays a former pianist suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Not trying to spoil anything -- but Swank says it she doesn't think it gives anything away to tell you that her character doesn't survive this one, either.

Hilary Swank says it's not like she goes looking for roles with people who end up dead.

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Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank says she's aware that death is often an element in her movies.

HALLE BERRY'S BRAS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Want to get your hands on some of Halle Berry's lingerie? You now have a chance -- now that she's reviving a line of underwear that has its origins in France. Berry is launching a collection of 10 bras and panties that will be sold at Target. They are born from the Scandale line -- which was started in 1932. Berry is an owner of the line -- and helps in the design of the lingerie. She notes women usually buy lingerie for themselves -- and if they find something they feel good in, it makes them "feel sexy and feminine and empowered." She says as a result, "their partners also reap the benefits." She spoke about the line while showing off a bra in her product line -- one that retails for under $20.

CLAIRE COFFEE: SETTLING IN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Claire Coffee has been married almost a year. But she says it's only now that she's starting to settle into the relationship. That's because her husband, Chris Thile, is in the band The Punch Brothers and is "on the road most of the time." The star of NBC's "Grimm" says the couple has now relocated to Portland, Oregon -- where the show is shot. And Coffee says, that means they'll have more time to spend together, even though her hubby is still an active part of the group. While she may not see much of her husband, Coffee says she gets to see lots of fans of Grimm in Portland. She says fans keep showing up -- even though producers don't go telling people when and where they will shoot. The first episode of season four of Grimm airs tonight on NBC.

Claire Coffee says Portland, Oregon isn't the easiest place to have a long-distance relationship.

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Claire Coffee

Claire Coffee says fans of "Grimm" seem to have no problem tracking down where the crew is shooting on any given day.

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Claire Coffee

Claire Coffee says she thinks fans have inside information on how to find where "Grimm" is taping.

"THE ROOSEVELTS"-RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Roosevelts" are a ratings hit. The Ken Burns series has given PBS its biggest audience in two decades. That makes it Burns' third most popular film -- after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS says the series on the Roosevelts had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The saga of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt featured seven two-hour episodes that aired last month.

Rewind Time

October 24, 2014 07:07 GMT

Today is Friday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2014. There are 68 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 24, 1939, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra recorded their signature theme, "Let's Dance," for Columbia Records in New York. DuPont began publicly selling its nylon stockings in Wilmington, Delaware.

On this date:

In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.

In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia (west-FAY'-lee-uh) ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.

In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.

In 1936, the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet was published in The Saturday Evening Post.

In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

In 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict. (He made the visit over a month later.)

In 1962, a naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the missile crisis.

In 1964, Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia.

In 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who'd broken Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 53.

In 1987, 30 years after it was expelled, the Teamsters union was welcomed back into the AFL-CIO. (However, the Teamsters disafilliated themselves from the AFL-CIO in 2005.)

In 1994, actor Raul Julia died in Manhasset, Long Island, New York, at age 54.

In 2002, authorities apprehended Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Maryland, in the Washington-area sniper attacks. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009.)

Ten years ago: A plane owned by top NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports crashed near Martinsville, Virginia, killing all 10 people aboard. A Russian-U.S. crew aboard a Soyuz capsule returned to Earth from the international space station in a pinpoint landing in Kazakhstan. Cardinal James A. Hickey, former archbishop of Washington, D.C., died at age 84. The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 for a 2-0 World Series lead. Arizona's Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for 100-yard games rushing with his 78th.

Five years ago: Pakistani officials announced that their soldiers had captured Kotkai, the strategically located hometown of Pakistan's Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, and one of his top deputies, after fierce fighting.

One year ago: President Barack Obama made a plea for Republican cooperation on immigration, telling a White House event, "Rather than create problems, let's prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems." In an apparent first, a majority-female officiating crew worked an NCAA college football game; head linesman Yvonda Lewis, line judge Tangela Mitchell, field judge Sebrina Brunson and back judge Krystle Apellaniz were part of the seven-person crew for the Division II game between Miles and Lane, which Miles won, 38-26. Former World Bank economist Augusto Odone, 80, who defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment to try to save the life of his little boy wasting away from a neurological disease (and who was portrayed by Nick Nolte in the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil"), died in Aqui Terme, Italy.

Today's Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 88. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 78. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 75. Movie director-screenwriter David S. Ward is 69. Actor Kevin Kline is 67. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) is 66. Country musician Billy Thomas (Terry McBride and the Ride) is 61. Actor Doug Davidson is 60. Actor B.D. Wong is 54. Singer Michael Trent (Americana duo Shovels & Rope) is 37. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 35. Singer-actress Monica Arnold is 34. Actress-comedian Casey Wilson is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Adrienne Bailon (3lw) is 31. Actor Tim Pocock is 29. R&B singer-rapper-actor Drake is 28. Actress Shenae Grimes is 25. Actress Eliza Taylor is 25. Olympic gold medal gymnast Kyla Ross is 18.

Thought for Today: "You need not wonder whether you should have an unreliable person as a friend. An unreliable person is nobody's friend." -- Idries Shah, Indian-born author (1924-1996).

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