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August 15, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Another one bites the dust. In an interview with the comedy website Splitsider,"Saturday Night Live" cast member Abby Elliott made the surprise announcement that she will not be returning to the long-running sketch comedy show this fall. Elliott first joined "SNL" as a featured player during its 2008 season. NBC declined to comment, but a person with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed the news. PHOTOS: Stars' children follow in their footsteps Elliott is the latest cast member to leave in what is shaping up to be a big transitional year for "SNL.
June 12, 2010 | By Jennifer Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old solo sailor who ran into trouble in the middle of the Indian Ocean this week, has been rescued. Sunderland was reported to be in good health after being plucked from her damaged vessel 2,000 nautical miles off western Australia by the crew of the French fishing ship the Ile De La Reunion at 7.45pm AEST. The crew of the Ile De La Reunion, a considerably larger vessel than Sunderland's Wild Eyes, dispatched a smaller boat to pick her up. The rescue, coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Center -- Australia (RCC Australia)
January 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Dear Abby," aka Pauline Phillips, the celebrated advice columnist who died this week at age 94, already had been an American institution for decades when folk singer-songwriter John Prine immortalized her in his 1973 number titled - what else? - “Dear Abby.” The acclaimed Chicago musician and former mailman tapped the everyday sort of gripes that populated her columns, which were syndicated in newspapers across the country including, for many years, the Los Angeles Times. Dear Abby, Dear Abby, My feet are too long My hair's falling out and my rights are all wrong My friends they all tell me that I've no friends at all Won't you write me a letter, Won't you give me a call Signed Bewildered PHOTOS: Pauline Phillips | 1918 - 2013 Prine, naturally, supplied the response as well as the inquiry, answering: Bewildered Bewildered, You have no complaint You are what you are and you ain't what you ain't So listen up Buster and listen up good Stop wishing for bad luck and knockin' on wood Then came three more mock letters - each receiving precisely the same response, Prine's eye-winking acknowledgement of the essence of what Abby was really telling her millions of readers week after week.
January 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Pauline Friedman Phillips , who wrote the "Dear Abby" advice column for decades using the name Abigail Van Buren, died Wednesday in Minneapolis at age 94. She had been afflicted with Alzheimer's. Her advice columns were collected in a number of books, many of which are available now on EBay. An autographed copy of the 1958 " Dear Abby " collection is listed at $29.99. A well-worn edition of 1983's " The Best of Dear Abby " can be purchased for as little as $5. You can get " Dear Abby on Planning Your Wedding " (1988, $11)
January 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Argentina's Lionel Messi and U.S. national team star Abby Wambach were named winners of FIFA's 2012 male and female players of the year awards Monday during world soccer's annual gala in Zurich. For Messi the award was his fourth in as many years, making him the first man to win the award more than three times. And he did so in record-breaking fashion, scoring 91 times for Argentina and his club team in Barcelona. Other finalists included Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and Spain's Andres Iniesta, who is also Messi's teammate at Barcelona.
June 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
  When Abby Wambach joined the U.S. women's national soccer team 12 years ago, her goal was to leave the game better than she found it. And that was quite a goal given that the team she joined included legends such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly. But Wambach made good on her pledge Thursday, scoring four times in the first half of a 5-0 win over South Korea to become the all-time leading scorer in women's soccer history. Wambach's third score, in the 29th minute, gave her 159 international goals, one more than Mia Hamm.
December 14, 2009 | By Pete Thomas
Abby Sunderland is bundled in foul-weather gear at the tiller of the 40-foot racing yacht Wild Eyes as it grudgingly navigates chaotic swells on a northward trudge against a bone-chilling head wind along the Baja California coast. But as long hours pass into even worse conditions, there are no complaints from the 16-year-old from Thousand Oaks, who knows this is paradise compared with what she'll soon face much farther from home and in far more turbulent seas. If this has a familiar tone, it's understandable.
July 8, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Rescued teen sailor Abby Sunderland has hired a talent agent and will use her public profile to "inspire others to follow their dreams," her spokesman said. Sunderland, 16, signed Lyall Mercer, head of an Australian-based public relations and talent management firm, to handle her business affairs. Mercer had been serving in a pro bono capacity as Sunderland's spokesman during the last few weeks. Public fascination over Sunderland's aborted attempt to sail around the world by herself has raised her profile significantly, Mercer said in a statement released this week.
January 24, 2010 | By Pete Thomas
"We'll go to Starbucks when you get back!" a friend yelled from a yacht full of well-wishers, as it pulled away from Abby Sunderland's sailboat and began the short trip back to port. That might have been the last statement issued to the 16-year-old Thousand Oaks mariner, who, at about noon on a sun-drenched Saturday atop a rolling sea, waved goodbye to family and friends for a final time and began to pursue the horizon by herself. The words seemed to float across the water like a stark reminder of what an otherwise jubilant Marina del Rey send-off was really about.
June 29, 2010 | Karin Klein
A brave teenager came to mind the other day. She is a 15-year-old girl who had served time for drugs and robbery, and had decided to shed her past and do well in school. But the streets were a constant danger. She told me, in her gentle voice, how afraid she was to leave Locke High School every day because of the gangs that prowled off campus. Her family had worked out a plan for her: Go to a relative's house nearby until her brother could pick her up and take her home. Paradoxically, I thought of this girl, and other teenagers I met during a year of covering Locke, because of Abby Sunderland, the bold 16-year-old who plied the ocean, got herself into a sea of trouble and then was rescued as the world watched and fretted.
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