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Obama passes on Kimmel gig

President Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now.

The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while on a three-day, West Coast political fundraising trip, starting today in Seattle.

Well, not so fast. The White House acknowledged that during planning for the trip, officials had been in touch with Kimmel’s folks about doing the show.

“We elected not to do it this time,” spokesman Josh Earnest said in an e-mail, “but hope we can arrange to do it in the near future.”

At a White House briefing, Earnest elaborated, saying it wasn’t good politics. “It’s at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other, more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”

Beatle’s tree killed by beetles

A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed – by beetles.

Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.

The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall. After Harrison’s 2001 death in Los Angeles, the pine was planted near Griffith Observatory. A small plaque at the base commemorates the guitarist and songwriter, who had a deep appreciation of gardening.

HBO to air Beyonce/Jay Z show

Beyonce and Jay Z’s HBO concert special will debut Sept. 20.

HBO previously announced it would tape a pair of shows from the superstar couple’s On the Run summer stadium tour.

The special will be taped during their shows in Paris on Sept. 12 and 13 at Stade de France – the only international shows they’ve booked for the tour– and will feature more than 40 songs.

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, said in an earlier statement. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Despite a number of joint hits documenting their love over the last dozen or so years – “Crazy in Love,” “ ’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Drunk in Love,” to name a few – and countless performances together, the pair had yet to tour together.

“On the Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay Z” airs Sept. 20 at at 9 p.m.

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The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

What’s all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.

Prince George turned 1 on Tuesday. While he may be too young to appreciate it, the milestone is a national event.

Editorial writers call him a symbol of hope, newspaper headlines hail him as “Gorgeous George” and one published a 24-page glossy magazine chronicling his first year. Prince William and his wife Kate, planned a small party at Kensington Palace and have said little in public about the ups and downs of parenting.

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