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Beatles video game

The Beatles are coming to a game console near you. For the first time, the legendary group's music will be featured in the lucrative video game market in a deal with MTV Games and Harmonix, creators of the “Rock Band” series. The game is scheduled to make its debut sometime next year.

“The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out,” said Paul McCartney.

Ringo Starr added: “The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time and how wonderful that The Beatles' legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerized world we live in. Let the games commence.” Associated Press

An overnight sensation

Julie Chen had an overnight bag packed but no idea she'd be headed to Paris shortly after “The Early Show” went off the air Thursday.

CBS's morning show is sending its personalities on mystery trips over the next month, a ratings gimmick with a twist. The five on-air regulars were told they could be sent away on any day without advanced warning.

Chen was given an on-air clue about where she was headed: “Find the dark among the light; the romance among the haunted; across the ocean you'll find lovers in perfect harmony.” The team guessed Paris, confirmed when she was handed a travel guide to the Paris Opera House. Associated Press

Strait named artist of decade

George Strait will receive the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade award in recognition of his nearly 25-year career.

Only four other acts have received the distinction: Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988 and Garth Brooks in 1998.

The ACM will tape a TV special in honor of Strait at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6 to air at a later date.

The 44th annual ACM awards will air live on CBS from the MGM Grand on April 5 with Reba McEntire hosting. Associated Press

Juror's injury delays Spector trial

The first day of testimony in Phil Spector's murder retrial was canceled Thursday after an alternate juror fell in the court parking lot and broke his foot. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he spoke with the juror, who wanted to get medical attention. Spector, 68, is accused of shooting Lana Clarkson in 2003. The first trial a year ago deadlocked 10-2. Associated Press

Young backs union, pulls show

Neil Young canceled a concert at The Forum in Los Angeles on Thursday rather than cross a picket line scheduled to form there during the show. The 62-year-old rocker said he was told a local faction of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union planned to picket the show. Young and his wife are honorary lifetime members of the union, which is striking against The Forum's owner because of contract disputes. Associated Press

Birthdays

Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, 77. Actor Ron Rifkin, 69. Actor David Ogden Stiers, 66. Actor Stephen Rea, 62. Talk show host Jane Pauley, 58. Movie director Peter Jackson, 47. Actor Dermot Mulroney, 45. Actor Rob Schneider, 44. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle), 40. Actress Piper Perabo, 32. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, 28.

This day in history Oct. 31

1517: Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

1926: Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

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