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ELIZABETH NORMENT-OBIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- The actress who played the secretary to Frank Underwood in "House of Cards" has died. Elizabeth Norment was 61 -- and Netflix has confirmed that she passed away. The online video streaming service didn't provide details like when and how she died. But the show's co-creator Beau Willimon describes her as "a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all." Norment was the aide to the ethically challenged, politically driven character played by Kevin Spacey in the hit series. She appeared as a guest star in a number of other TV shows, including "ER," "Doogie Howser, MD," "Party of Five" and "Law & Order." Her movie credits include work in "The Woman in Red" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

Sound of the theme music from the "House of Cards."

MONICA POTTER-"PARENTHOOD"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Like many of the show's viewers, Monica Potter says she isn't ready to give up "Parenthood." She says she has been lobbying the show's creator to find another outlet for the NBC series, now in its final season. Even though she has suggested the show find a home on Netflix or Hulu, Potter says she realizes that's unlikely. Some cast members cut their salaries to help the show meet its budget for this season and even a move to an online site would mean the cast gets paid. Potter says she loves working with the cast because they're like family. As she says she'd prefer that the show end while people still enjoy it -- instead of having the audience wonder why the show lingered on too long.

Actress Monica Potter says she's suggested possible outlets for "Parenthood," but thinks the NBC show is reaching the end of the line.

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Actress Monica Potter says there are many things she feels points to this season being the last one for "Parenthood."

Monica Potter, actress

Actress Monica Potter says fans of "Parenthood" have made it clear they want the show to continue.

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Actress Monica Potter says she doesn't want to see the show suffer creatively in an effort to keep it on the air. ((note length of cut))

"HOARDERS"-TRIAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A psychologist who stars on the TV reality show "Hoarders" is stepping up for a man accused of killing an animal control officer. Robin Zasio testified for the defense in the case in which 67-year-old Joseph Corey who is charged in the shooting death of Roy Marcum in November of 2012. Marcum had come to Corey's home to remove animals from the property. During testimony yesterday, Zasio said Corey suffered from hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone who tried to take away his animals. Corey faces a first-degree murder charge. But his defense attorney argues his client was so impaired by hoarding disorder, he was incapable of planning the shooting.

BEN AFFLECK-BATS

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Most people know Halloween is this week. But did you know it's also National Bat Week? To mark the occasion, Ben Affleck is taking steps to help check a disease that has been killing bats. He and Amy Adams are doing a video for the Organization for Bat Conservation to raise awareness of white nose syndrome -- a fungal disease that is wiping out huge chunks of the bat population in the U.S. Affleck stars as Batman in the upcoming movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and Adams plays Lois Lane. Materials from the movie's sets will be used to build bat houses.

TAYLOR SWIFT-AUTHOR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift wrote a 400-page book about her life and friends -- and that was when she was a teenager. She says she isn't ruling out taking another stab at writing down the road. Swift was in New York City for an event that saw her share her passion for reading with a group of school kids. Those who saw her in person were joined by 100 youngsters who experienced it on Skype.

Rewind Time

October 30, 2014 07:08 GMT

Today is Thursday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2014. There are 62 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (zah-EER'), known as the "Rumble in the Jungle," to regain his world heavyweight title.

On this date:

In 1735, the second president of the United States, John Adams, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts.

In 1864, Helena, Montana, was founded.

In 1921, the silent film classic "The Sheik," starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS.

In 1944, the Martha Graham ballet "Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a leading role.

In 1945, the U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.

In 1953, Gen. George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Albert Schweitzer received the Peace Prize for 1952.

In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar Bomba," with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.

In 1972, 45 people were killed when an Illinois Central Gulf commuter train was struck from behind by another train in Chicago's South Side.

In 1984, police in Poland found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko (YEHR'-zee pah-pee-WOOSH'-goh), whose death was blamed on security officers.

In 1989, Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced it was buying 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of New York. (However, amid a real estate slump, Mitsubishi ended up walking away from its investment in 1995.)

In 1997, a jury in Cambridge, Massachusetts, convicted British au pair Louise Woodward of second-degree murder in the death of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen. (The judge, Hiller B. Zobel, later reduced the verdict to manslaughter and set Woodward free.)

Ten years ago: The decapitated body of a 24-year-old Japanese backpacker (Shosei Koda) was found wrapped in an American flag in northwestern Baghdad; the militant group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi later claimed responsibility. Grateful fans embraced the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, hailing the team as heroes during a jubilant parade. Actress-dancer Peggy Ryan died in Las Vegas at age 80.

Five years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was confronted repeatedly by Pakistanis as she ended a tense three-day tour of the country, chastised by one woman who said a U.S. program using aerial drones to target terrorists amounted to "executions without trial." Michelle Triola Marvin, who'd fought a landmark "palimony" case in the 1970s against former lover Lee Marvin, died in Malibu, California, at age 76.

One year ago: President Barack Obama claimed "full responsibility" for fixing his administration's troubled health insurance website, while on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized to frustrated people trying to sign up, declaring that she was accountable for the failures but also defending the historic health care overhaul. The government said the deficit for the 2013 budget year totaled $680.3 billion, down from $1.09 trillion in 2012. The Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 77. Movie director Claude Lelouch is 77. Rock singer Grace Slick is 75. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 73. Actress Joanna Shimkus is 71. Actor Henry Winkler is 69. Broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell is 68. Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) is 68. Country/rock musician Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 67. Actor Leon Rippy is 65. Actor Harry Hamlin is 63. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 61. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 60. Actor Kevin Pollak is 57. Actor Michael Beach is 51. Rock singer-musician Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 49. Actor Jack Plotnick is 46. Comedian Ben Bailey is 44. Actress Nia Long is 44. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) (sh-DAY'-zee) is 38. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal is 36. Actor Matthew Morrison is 36. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE'-pohs) is 33. Ivanka Trump is 33. Actress Janel (juh-NEHL') Parrish is 26. Actor Tequan Richmond is 22.

Thought for Today: "All men are almost led to believe not of proof, but by attraction." -- Blaise Pascal, French philosopher (1623-1662).