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Superstorm Sandy relief

ABC says its national ‘‘Day of Giving’’ raised nearly $17 million for Superstorm Sandy relief. Throughout its programming Monday, the network urged viewers to contribute to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storm. Appeals were aired all day on ABC programming, on Disney’s syndicated shows, and across other Disney-owned networks. NBC held a telethon Friday for storm victims that raised nearly $23 million.

‘SNL’ spot boosts Mars

Bruno Mars’s recent appearance on ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ was more like ‘‘Saturday Night Fever’’: He says he had so much fun hosting the show, he’d be happy to do it again. The singer-songwriter’s Oct. 20 appearance as host and musical guest gave the NBC variety show its second best ratings this season behind last week’s episode, hosted by comedian Louis C.K. The ‘‘SNL’’ success is giving Mars a boost as he readies the release of his sophomore album, ‘‘Unorthodox Jukebox,’’ out Dec. 11.

Swift thanks UK fans

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Taylor Swift says the response to her latest album, ‘‘Red,’’ has been ‘‘unbelievable.’’ The American singer was speaking at Westfield London shopping mall Tuesday, where she was switching on the Christmas lights. Swift said: ‘‘I had hoped that my fans would get what I was doing there — that they would embrace it. And the fact that they celebrated that and 1.2 million of them went out and bought it the first week and it became my first UK No. 1 album, it is absolutely unbelievable.’’ The Grammy-winner rewarded her fans at the event by performing songs including her hit from the album, ‘‘We Are Never Getting Back Together.’’

No big deal

“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it. . .” - Plus-size actress Melissa McCarthy, in an interview with Good Housekeeping.

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