'Button' takes 13 Oscar noms, 'Slumdog' gets 10

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The romantic fantasy 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' led Academy Awards contenders Thursday with 13 nominations, among them best picture and acting honors for Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson, and a directing slot for David Fincher.

Other best-picture nominees are 'Frost/Nixon,' 'Milk,' 'The Reader' and 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

As expected, Heath Ledger had a supporting-actor nomination for 'The Dark Knight' on the one-year anniversary of his death from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. But the Batman blockbuster was shut out from other top categories such as best picture and director.

'Slumdog Millionaire' lived up to its rags-to-riches theme, coming in second with 10 nominations, including a directing spot for Danny Boyle and two of the three song slots.

'Survivor: NFL?' Reality TV offers spot on Cowboys

DALLAS - Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is launching a reality TV show in which 12 'football neophytes' will compete for an impressive grand prize: a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' training camp roster.

The Cowboys confirmed that one of their 80 roster spots will go to the show's winner. The NFL did not immediately return a call.

The show, which doesn't yet have a title, will air this spring on Spike.

Obama girls return to school

WASHINGTON - After a day off because of their father's inauguration, President Barack Obama's two daughters are back in school.

Both girls returned to class Thursday at the private Sidwell Friends School.

The girls were allowed to skip school on Wednesday after an exhilarating, late-night scamper around their new home that ended when they opened a White House door and found the Jonas Brothers waiting to surpise them.