► Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 344rd day of 2012. There are 22 days left in the year.
► Today’s birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 96. Actor Dick Van Patten is 84. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 82. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 78. Actor Beau Bridges is 71. Jazz singer-musician Dan Hicks is 71. Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is 70. Author Joe McGinniss is 70. Actor Michael Nouri is 67. Former senator Thomas Daschle, Democrat of South Dakota, is 65. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 63. Singer Joan Armatrading is 62. Actor Michael Dorn is 60. Actor John Malkovich is 59. Country singer Sylvia is 56. Singer Donny Osmond is 55. Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 54. Comedian Mario Cantone is 53. Actor David Anthony Higgins is 51. Actor Joe Lando is 51. Actress Felicity Huffman is 50. Crown Princess Masako of Japan is 49. Country musician Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 47. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, is 46. Rock singer-musician Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 45. Rock musician Brian Bell (Weezer) is 44. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 43. Country musician Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 43. Actress Allison Smith is 43. Songwriter and former ‘‘American Idol’’ judge Kara DioGuardi is 42. Country singer David Kersh is 42. Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) is 40. Rapper Canibus is 38. Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 36. Rock singer Imogen Heap is 35. Actor Jesse Metcalfe is 34. Actor Simon Helberg is 32. Olympic gold and silver medal gymnast McKayla Maroney is 17.