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Howard Stern heads to ‘America’s Got Talent’

Howard Stern will be joining the judges’ panel on ‘‘America’s Got Talent,’’ and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday. Stern will join fellow ‘‘Talent’’ judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Nick Cannon remains host. Stern, whose daily radio show airs on Sirius XM, is replacing Piers Morgan, who last winter launched a weeknight interview program on CNN. Stern, who in 2005 took his long-running syndicated radio show to Sirius XM, signed a new five-year contract with the satellite-radio company a year ago after months of stormy negotiations. (AP)

An unpublished Charlotte Bronte manuscript has sold for a record 690,850 pounds ($1.1 million) at auction, more than double the expected price, Sotheby’s auction house said Thursday. The Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2, was written in 1830 — when the author was 14, 17 years before she wrote ‘‘Jane Eyre.’’ It is set in Glass Town, the earliest fictional world created by the Bronte siblings. The auction house said that the Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits in Paris placed the winning bid following ‘‘a tense bidding battle.’’ The museum will exhibit the work in January, it added. (AP)


Comedian Will Ferrell has been named the god of wine for next year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The Bacchus krewe of the popular Carnival season parade announced the choice Thursday. Ferrell rose to fame on ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ and has had a string of movie hits including ‘‘Talladega Nights,’’ “Old School,’’ and ‘‘Anchorman.’’ Ferrell is currently in New Orleans shooting the movie ‘‘Dog Fight.’’ He joins a list of recent Bacchus monarchs that includes Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, Michael Keaton and Nicolas Cage. Next year’s parade will roll on Feb. 19. (AP)