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By United Press International  |  Jan. 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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NICOL WILLIAMSON: Scottish actor and musician Nicol Williamson has died in Holland following a two-year fight with esophageal cancer, his son Luke said. He was 73.

A Shakespearean actor best known for his popular films "The Exorcist III" and "Excalibur," Williamson last appeared on the big screen in the 1997 superhero movie "Spawn." He won a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway play "Inadmissible Evidence" in the 1960s.

Williamson's son Luke told The Daily Telegraph the actor died just before Christmas but was adamant he didn't want any fanfare regarding his passing.

The elder Williamson moved to Amsterdam in the 1970s and focused on his music until his death. A new album called "Nine Slices" or "Kismet Once Again" might yet be released, his son said.

LARA LOGAN: Broadcast journalist Lara Logan says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following her sexual assault in Egypt but she has to "ranger through" it.

The 40-year-old CBS News correspondent, a married mother of two young children, was brutally attacked by members of a mob while she was in Cairo's Tahrir Square last year covering the celebrations following the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

A group of Egyptian women and a soldier eventually saved Logan from her assailants, but she has said she experiences flashbacks and nightmares.

"It manifests itself in different ways. I want to be free of it, but I'm not. It doesn't go away. It's not something I keep track of. It's not predictable like that. But it happens more than I'd like," Logan told the New York Daily News. "When I'm lying there, waiting for my daughter to go to sleep, I have time to think about things. Those can be dark moments. You ranger through, you have to. You're aware of how much you have and it's so much more than what you've lost. You have a responsibility. Life is not about dwelling on the bad."

Logan is expected to return soon to "60 Minutes" and CBS News. She also is to serve as co-host of "Person to Person" with Charlie Rose.

ARMIE HAMMER: Actor Armie Hammer spent a day in a Texas jail after police said they caught him with three medicinal marijuana cookies and a brownie.

Hammer, 25, starred in "The Social Network" and "J. Edgar." His upcoming projects include the high-profile movies "The Lone Ranger" and "Mirror Mirror."

TMZ said Wednesday the actor was released from jail after posting $1,000 bail a day after his Nov. 30, 2011, arrest for alleged pot possession at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca.

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STAR JONES: Star Jones, one of the original co-hosts of "The View," is to return to the talk show in New York as a guest next month, ABC announced Wednesday.

Jones quit the show on air in 2006 after learning her contract had not been renewed for the following season.

ABC said she is to make her first guest appearance on the daytime chat show Feb. 22.

"Jones joins the hosts in a joint effort to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, and to discuss her involvement with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement," ABC said in a news release.

Jones underwent successful open-heart surgery in March 2010 to repair a malfunctioning heart valve related to a rarely performed surgery she'd had after developing a thoracic tumor three decades earlier, ABC said. Two months later, Walters announced on "The View" that she would undergo open-heart surgery to replace a faulty heart valve. Walters returned full time to "The View" Sept. 7.

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