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PEOPLE: Va. newspaper wins Pulitzer

Va. newspaper wins Pulitzer

NEW YORK -- The Herald Courier of Bristol, Va., won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for its reporting on the mishandling of natural gas royalties owed to thousands of landowners in Virginia.

The Washington Post received four Pulitzers -- for international reporting, feature writing, commentary and criticism.

The Herald Courier was honored for the work of Daniel Gilbert, whose reporting on natural gas royalties led lawmakers to take corrective action.

The Washington Post's award for international reporting went to Anthony Shadid for what the Pulitzer board called ''his rich, beautifully written series'' on Iraq as the U.S. military gets ready to withdraw. The newspaper's Gene Weingarten won in feature writing for a piece on parents who accidentally kill their children by leaving them in cars.

The Post also won in commentary for Kathleen Parker's columns on political and moral issues, and in criticism, for Sarah Kaufman's writing on dance.

Parker's column appears on Fridays in the Daily Post.

O'Brien will return on TBS

NEW YORK -- The late-night guessing game is over, with a startling twist: Conan O'Brien is choosing TBS as his future talk-show home.

Expected to debut in November, the as-yet-untitled show will return O'Brien to the air after an absence that began in January when he left NBC, his employer of 17 years.

O'Brien's new program will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m., which will shift ''Lopez Tonight,'' starring George Lopez, to midnight. O'Brien's show will originate from Los Angeles, where he moved from New York for his unsuccessful stint hosting ''The Tonight Show.'' And the second half of his show will face off against Jay Leno, who now hosts ''Tonight.''

Upon TBS' announcement Monday, O'Brien quickly fired out a celebratory tweet.

''The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I'll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show,'' he posted on Twitter.

TBS said that talks with O'Brien accelerated last week after Lopez called O'Brien to ask him to come aboard.