Local man claims $1M lottery winnings

The Kangaroo Express on Folly Beach sold a wining Mega Millions lottery ticket worth one million dollars.

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Keith Olbermann may not have as many viewers as he used to, but he's still able to make headlines -- off camera, at least.

Olbermann, whose "Countdown" migrated from MSNBC to the little-watched Current TV last year, was absent from the airwaves during Current's coverage of the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night, leading to speculation of a rift between the tempestuous host and his new bosses, who include former Vice President Al Gore.

Nick Cannon moved to hospital in L.A.

Nick Cannon has been transferred to a Los Angeles hospital to continue treatment for "mild kidney failure."

His representative said Cannon, 31, was moved Wednesday after receiving treatment in Aspen, Colo., where the TV personality and his wife, Mariah Carey, had been vacationing.

Carey tweeted this week that Cannon is suffering from "mild kidney failure," and she is asking fans to "Please keep Nick in your thoughts."

'Potter,' 'X-Men,' 'Apes' vie for visual Oscar

The Academy Award for visual effects is shaping up into a showdown among such heroes as Harry Potter, the X-Men, the Transformers and Captain America.

Oscar organizers Wednesday announced 10 finalists for the visual-effects prize. They are: "Captain America: The First Avenger"; "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"; "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"; "X-Men: First Class"; "Hugo"; "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"; "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"; "Real Steel"; "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Tree of Life."

Audra McDonald and Will Swenson engaged

Audra McDonald, the Tony Award actress who currently stars as half of Broadway's "Porgy and Bess," and Will Swenson, who plays Tick in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical," were engaged on New Year's Day.

A publicist for McDonald said the couple isn't releasing any further details.

McDonald, 41, is mom to 10-year-old Zoe from a previous marriage to bassist Peter Donovan. Swenson, 38, has two sons, Bridger and Sawyer, with ex-wife Amy Westerby.