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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: ABC's Gibson to retire Dec. 18

ABC's Gibson to retire Dec. 18

NEW YORK -- ABC says Charles Gibson will sign off from the ''World News'' anchor desk on Dec. 18.

The 66-year-old Gibson, who announced his retirement in September, has been at ABC News for more than three decades and plans to continue as an occasional contributor.

He will be replaced by ''Good Morning America'' co-anchor Diane Sawyer.

Regis Philbin has successful surgery on hip

NEW YORK -- Regis Philbin had successful hip replacement surgery Tuesday, and plans to return to his syndicated daytime talk show early next month.

An e-mail from ''Live! With Regis and Kelly'' says: ''Word from the hospital is that everything went perfectly this morning during Regis' hip replacement surgery, and his doctor said that Regis couldn't be in better shape.''

James Woods settles his lawsuit over brother's death

WARWICK, R.I. -- Oscar-nominated actor James Woods has settled a lawsuit against a hospital in Rhode Island where his younger brother died in 2006.

Woods had claimed the hospital was negligent in the death of his 49-year-old brother, Michael Woods, who had a heart attack and died in its emergency room after going there with a sore throat and vomiting.

No terms were disclosed.

Ventura turns investigator for new TV show

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jesse Ventura is back for another stab at TV stardom, this time hosting a program that digs into conspiracy theories, including alternate views of what was behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the purpose of a sprawling research center in remote Alaska.

The former Minnesota governor, professional wrestler and Navy SEAL stars in ''Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura,'' which premieres tonight on truTV. The cable network, part of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., has ordered seven episodes of the hourlong weekly series.