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AP names Swift entertainer of the year

It's a love story, baby.

Taylor Swift sang those words about a young romance, but they apply just as well to America's feelings for the 20-year-old country singer.

Swift, adding to the heap of awards already bestowed on her, has been voted the Associated Press entertainer of the year.

Swift was chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country in a survey of AP members.

She follows last year's winner, Tina Fey , and 2007's pick, Stephen Colbert .

"I am so honored and so excited," Swift said in a phone interview with the AP.

"This was so unexpected, and I could not be more grateful."

Though her second album, "Fearless," came out in late 2008, Swift was ubiquitous in 2009. She found critical acclaim for her autobiographical and infectious songwriting and led a sold-out tour across 52 cities in North America.

She won album of the year from the Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards and five American Music Awards, including artist of the year.

Saleswoman wins 'Survivor'

An out-of-work pharmaceuticals saleswoman is the winner of the CBS reality television show "Survivor: Samoa."

Van Buren, Ark., resident Natalie White won the $1 million prize Sunday night by outwitting, outplaying and outlasting an oil company owner and a doctor in the final episode.

White, 26, was accused by jury members of riding the coattails of Texas oil millionaire Russell Hantz, who finished second. She says she recognized early in the game that aggressive women were being eliminated and she had to maintain a low profile.

Los Angeles doctor Mick Trimming was the third finalist.

A degree for Daniels

Actor Jeff Daniels has received an honorary degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Daniels spoke at the university's December graduation on Sunday. The Michigan Daily reported that Daniels told graduates to pursue something they are passionate about.

He also played the guitar, performing a song he wrote about his home state, called "The Michigan in Me."

Daniels grew up in Chelsea, west of Ann Arbor.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actress Barbara Billingsley , 94... actor Hector Elizondo , 73... baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton , 65... ABC News correspondent Diane Sawyer , 64... rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), 63... baseball All-Star Steve Garvey , 61... singer Robin Gibb , 60... actor Ralph Fiennes , 47... singer Jordin Sparks , 20.

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