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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — David Letterman welcomed his future Late Show successor, Stephen Colbert, onto his CBS program on Tuesday night.

The Colbert Report host said he’s “obviously thrilled” that he will take over the Late Show in 2015. Letterman replied that he is thrilled, too, because CBS execs could have easily hired “another boob like me. But they didn’t. They hired a guy…” Colbert interjected, “They hired a boob like me.” Letterman said, “No, no, no,” but Colbert maintained, “Every boob is like a snowflake, Dave. We’re all unique in our own way.”

Colbert noted that he has a couple of connections to Letterman. He recalled that in 1986, his college girlfriend interviewed for an internship with Letterman’s old NBC program, Late Night. By chance, Colbert landed an interview himself. He was offered an internship, his girlfriend wasn’t, and the “relationship did not last.”

Colbert said he didn’t accept the internship because it didn’t pay. As he declared to Letterman, New York City is “an expensive city!”

About a decade later, Colbert said, the Late Show was seeking new writers, so he and a collaborator submitted material. By the time they heard back, months later, they’d moved on to jobs with the TV show Strangers with Candy, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1999.

However, Colbert revealed a Top Ten List he’d submitted: “Top Ten Cocktails for Santa.” The top items on the list were:

3. “King of the Juice — any available juice, any available liquor, wedge of matzo.”

2. “Jack Frost — equal parts Jack Daniels and snow (seasonal).”

1. “Silent Nighttrain.”

After the interview aired on the East Coast, Colbert tweeted a selfie featuring himself with Letterman that he snapped during their segment. He included the hashtag #boobs.

#boobs pic.twitter.com/bPKXOII4Vc

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 23, 2014

CBS announced on April 10 that Colbert will replace Letterman. An exact start date for Colbert hasn’t been announced.

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Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Lupita Nyong’o is having a very good year. After winning the Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, the actress has now been named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful.”

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” Nyong’o said of nabbing the cover. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.”

Being a role model for other women like her is important for Nyong’o, who told People she first thought being beautiful meant having “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair.”

“Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess,” she added.

Nyong’o credits her mother, Dorothy, for finally convincing her that her own beauty was enough. The actress said her mother “always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point.”

Nyong’o said she’s received the most compliments on her looks when she doesn’t have any makeup on, “and also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.”

The Most Beautiful issue of People goes on sale this Friday.

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iStock/360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cool ideas to power the future: Drones for farmers, brain mapping for neuroscientists and super-private smartphones are among the 10 breakthrough technologies highlighted in the new annual list by MIT Technology Review.

The magazine’s rundown is a reminder that innovations will continue to change the way we live and, in many cases, offer improvements.

A new mind map, a decade in the works, “shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before,” and gives neuroscientists new ways to look at the brain’s incredible complexity.

The magazine also reports on new efforts to build smartphones for the Snowden area. New models are being introduced with extra security and privacy that would make it far more difficult for eavesdroppers to monitor phone calls.

With growing populations, demand for food continues to rise. “Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage,” says the Review.

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Michael Kovac/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Musician Ryan Lewis is spearheading a fundraising effort to build medical centers around the world to provide comprehensive health care and specialized HIV/AIDS treatment for the needy, and it’s all because of one case that hits very close to home.

Lewis, who is one half of the hit rap duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, says his mother, Julie Lewis, has been HIV positive since she gave birth to her first child 30 years ago.

After giving birth to her daughter, Teresa, in 1984, Julie Lewis needed a blood transfusion.

“In that moment without anyone knowing it, [she] had HIV positive blood put into her body,” Ryan Lewis said. “At age 25, one year younger than I am right now, her life would change forever.”

She had two other children — Laura and Ryan — before being diagnosed as HIV positive in the summer of 1990.

“I was 32 years old, and I had three young children, ages 6, 4, and 2. I’d never thought about dying,” an emotional Julie Lewis said, speaking in a YouTube video about the initiative.

Each of her younger children had a 25 percent chance of being born with HIV, but they were both born free of the virus.

Julie Lewis herself was given only a few years to live.

“But you know what’s amazing? My mom never died. She lived,” her son said.

Julie Lewis founded the 30/30 Project to allow people all over the world access to the same high-quality healthcare that she received. The project is raising funds on the website IndieGoGo. As of Tuesday night, the campaign had collected $19,238 of a stated goal of $100,000.

“Life-threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS can be managed,” Julie Lewis said. “What people need is access…I was infected with HIV 30 years ago. And I never thought I’d be sitting here, 30 years later, talking to you.”

The announcement is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the scientific discovery that AIDS is caused by HIV.

Macklemore voiced his support for the project. “Healthcare is a human right. That is what we believe. We want to see this idea put into action,” he said.

An estimated 34 million people globally have been diagnosed with HIV, according to the World Health Organization. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, the infection has claimed more than 33 million lives, according to CDC estimates.

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with the infection but nearly one in six is unaware they are infected.

When AIDS was a relatively new disease, patients could expect to develop full blown AIDS within 10 years and live only a year or two longer. Now, with better HIV treatments, patients who start them before their immune system declines significantly have a much longer life expectancy.

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Courtesy ONeill Family(NEW YORK) — When the O’Neill family threw themselves into fundraising to save 4-year-old Eliza from the fatal disease she was born with, they never guessed their viral video would reach people all over the world.

They certainly never guessed that their online plea would raise more than $500,000 in two weeks when it had taken six months to raise $250,000 through local fundraisers.

“It’s been fabulous,” Eliza’s father, Glenn O’Neill, told ABC News. “It’s going places, I don’t exactly know how. It was in Italy for a while, and Belgium and China.”

Eliza has Sanfilippo syndrome type A, a rare genetic disorder that causes a deadly buildup of heparin sulfate in her cells. Soon, Eliza will lose the ability to speak, her parents say. After that, she’ll lose the ability to walk and then she’ll develop seizures.

Most children with Sanfilippo type A don’t live far into their teens.

All forms of Sanfillipo affect one in 70,000 births, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“Stories like this tug at our heartstrings,” said Mary Dunkle, a spokeswoman for the National Organization for Rare Diseases, explaining how funding for rare disease research is famously hard to obtain. “Most rare diseases are severe diseases or even life-threatening. On top of that, you have to feel responsible for finding treatment for a loved one or child. It just can almost be overwhelming. But we see families all the time really driving remarkable progress.”

That’s where the O’Neills and other Sanfilippo parents come in. They hope a pair of researchers will find a cure before the end of the year.

The researchers, Doug McCarty and Haiyan Fu of Nationwide Children’s hospital in Columbus, Ohio, have been working on a cure for about 16 years. They’ve found a gene therapy treatment that works in mice, and they hope to try it in humans. But setting up a clinical trial takes money — about $2 million that they don’t have.

“From a parent perspective, until someone comes in and tells us a big company is going to pay for it, a hospital, or the government, we are left to go out and do it ourselves,” Glenn O’Neill said in. “There is no other choice. I think that is why people are connecting with this video and story.”

When 5K charity runs weren’t bringing in money fast enough, Glenn O’Neill said he googled “how to make a viral video.” With a bit of help from filmmaker Benjamin Von Wong, the O’Neills launched their video earlier this month. They hope to raise $1 million on their GoFundMe.com page in addition to the money coming in from local fundraisers.

If everything goes according to plan, a gene therapy clinical trial could start later this year, according to McCarty. Six children with Sanfilippo type B and nine children with Sanfilippo type A would get injected with a virus that serves as a vector to deliver new genetic material to their cells, hopefully allowing them to make the enzyme they need to breakdown the buildup of heparin sulfate in their cells.

“We don’t want the patient families to have unrealistic expectations,” researcher Fu said. “We don’t want to say it’s a cure now because it isn’t a cure until after the trial.”

The O’Neills know there’s no guarantee Eliza will get into the clinical trial or that it will work, but said they need to try everything they can for their only daughter.

“We don’t want to be two years from now and say as parents that we left anything on the table,” Glenn O’Neill said.

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(PERTH, Australia) — An unidentified object washed ashore in Australia, and investigators are trying to determine if the object is related to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

According to a press release from Australian authorities, the item washed ashore near Augusta, on the country’s southwestern coastline.

The news has been shared with Malaysia officials, who are overseeing the overall search efforts.

Authorities believe the jet landed in the Indian Ocean, but have yet to find any evidence directly connected to the doomed plane.

The 777 jetliner was carrying 239 people when it went missing March 8.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(TOKYO) — President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Japan apparently with an appetite for sushi.

After a quick refresh at the Hotel Okura near the U.S. Embassy, Obama joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for dinner at a tiny sushi shop in the city’s Ginza neighborhood. They were joined by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the White House said.

The restaurant — Sukiyabashi Jiro — has earned a rare three-star Michelin rating. Its owner and master chef, 89-year-old Jiro Ono, was featured in the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Many regard him as the world’s best sushi chef.

Details of the president’s dinner were scarce, as it was closed to the press. A special meal of selections by the chef costs close to $300 per person, according to the restaurant’s website. Reservations are booked through June at its main location.

White House officials say building personal ties between Obama and Abe is a priority on his third trip to Japan as president.

They “have good discussions all the time, whenever they see each other,” a senior Japanese government official said. “But the more frequently they see each other, the better.”

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in the plane before the jetliner took off.

The teen, the son of a California cab driver, is a junior at Santa Clara High School. He reportedly moved to the school this year.

Student Emanuael Golla said the student is shy. “He really didn’t speak that much,” he added. “We were all surprised at what happened. We really didn’t believe it was him.”

The teen told authorities he left home after a fight with his father and step-mother. He scaled a fence at the San Jose Airport at about 1 a.m. Sunday, hiding in the Hawaiian Airlines 767 wheel well for nearly seven hours before the plane took off at 7:55 a.m.

While it’s not clear how the teen spent all that time, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen was sleeping in the plane before takeoff. He “literally just slept on the plane overnight,” Simon said.

The boy told authorities that he chose the specific plane because it was the closest one. The teen’s actions were caught on tape, but were undetected by security.

Once the plane landed in Maui, officials said airport surveillance video captured the boy crawling out of the wheel well. Authorities believe the boy survived the five-plus hour flight, despite little oxygen and temperatures of at least -50 degrees.

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spoke with the stowaway after airport employees found him wandering the tarmac. He said the teen told him he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. It’s not clear if that was the purpose of the teen’s incredible journey.

The boy was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii’s Department of Human Services said child welfare officials were arranging his safe return to California.

The big concern Wednesday is airport security. A camera caught the teen climbing into the wheel well, but nobody knew until Hawaiian officials called the San Jose International Airport and asked them to look.

“We are looking at what we need to improve so that what happened on Sunday will not occur again,” said Rosemary Barnes, the airport’s spokesperson.

The Federal Aviation Administration said about one-quarter of the 105 stowaways who have sneaked aboard flights worldwide since 1947 have survived. Some wheel-well stowaways survived deadly cold and a lack of oxygen because their breathing, heart rate and brain activity slow down.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Last month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker’s new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.

In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive’s YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.

“I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become,” Beyonce says during an on-set interview.

The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce’s video “Pretty Hurts” and “Move Your Body.” She comments, “We all can relate to the idea of ‘get going’ and how we all need that motivation in our own lives.”

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Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Debra Messing has never looked anything less than drop-dead gorgeous.

You would never know it, but the Will & Grace icon, 45, recently made an effort to eat better for her health and it’s definitely paid off big time.

“About two to three years ago, I made a very, very big change the way I approach nutrition,” she told ABC News. “I think it made a big difference in how I look or at least how I’m perceived to look.”

She continued, “I lost like 20 pounds, it wasn’t my intention, that wasn’t why I made the change. I made the change because I was just tired all the time. For a long time, I just accepted that was the plight of a working, single mother. You’re juggling everyday.”

Messing admitted that she grew up eating “crappy foods.”

“I grew up on fast food and candy every day,” she said. “Pizza and french fries and burgers — I love food and I’ve always loved food. Vegetables were not a part of my life at all”

Now, she is focused and feeling the difference from head-to-toe.

“I’m just eating really, really clean healthy foods,” she said. “Obviously I knew there was an association between what I ate and whether I gained 10 pounds or lost 10 pounds, but it never really became a reality for me that it shows on the outside in your hair and skin and even the clarity of your eyes. I was just stubborn.”

Messing, who just filmed a new pilot The Mysteries of Laura, said she starts every morning with a green juice.

“[That includes] kale and spinach and celery and ginger and lemon and cucumber,” she said. “At least I know I’m starting my day and getting a big shot of nutrients that I need. I start out strong…For the pilot, I was shooting 15, 16, 17 hours everyday. I really depended on having that juice once or twice a day. It really gave me more energy. That made an obvious difference for me, in me feeling strong.”

Messing spoke to ABC as part of a collaboration with Zyrtec. Along with eating clean, the actress takes Zyrtec because of allergies.

“Allergies have been a lifelong struggle for me,” she said. “I’m allergic to everything. I’m allergic to pollen, grass, mold, mildew and dust. You name it and I’m allergic to it.”

Now with the proper help, Messing said she is grateful she can wake up in the morning without the constant fear of an allergy attack.

“I know I’m going to be okay, whether I’m going out to Central Park with my 10-year-old son to play soccer in the middle of the pollen vortex, or doing a Broadway play in a 100-year-old theater covered in dust,” she added.

Can’t imagine eight Broadway shows a week without #ZYRTEC in my allergy arsenal! #ad pic.twitter.com/KTlEKlVT4W

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 14, 2014

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