Gibson retiring from ABC

NEW YORK - Charles Gibson, who provided a steadying hand to a 'World News' broadcast reeling from tragedy, will retire at the end of the year and ABC News appointed Diane Sawyer on Wednesday to replace him in January.

Gibson, 66, said he had been planning to retire at the end of 2007 but events compelled him to stay. He was named anchor following the death of Peter Jennings and the wartime injury of Bob Woodruff in 2006. He's been at ABC News for 35 years and says he plans to continue as an occasional contributor.

Swank pushes pet adoption

NEW YORK - Hilary Swank is putting her animal appreciation to work as an ambassador for a pet adoption campaign.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actress said Wednesday that the Iams Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Campaign has 'struck a chord with my heart.'

Her mission is to help 1.5 million pets in shelters find homes between Oct. 1 and Jan. 4.

Oprah show to honor Jackson

CHICAGO - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey plans to dedicate an upcoming episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' to late pop singer Michael Jackson.

Harpo Productions announced Wednesday the episode, to air Sept. 16, will feature excerpts from Winfrey's 1993 interview with Jackson. Jackson died June 25 in Los Angeles.