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Rowling writes ‘Cuckoo’ sequel

J.K. Rowling is back with a novel involving a writer whose acid-tipped pen may have led to murder.

Publisher Little, Brown said Monday that it is publishing a second book by Robert Galbraith, the “Harry Potter” author’s thriller-writing pseudonym.

“The Silkworm” sees the return of detective Cormoran Strike, the ex-soldier hero introduced in “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” initially attracted little notice when it was published last year, but rocketed up the charts once Rowling was exposed as its author..

“The Silkworm” will be published June 19 in Britain and June 24 in the U.S.

Weather has editor scrambling

Since arriving in Atlanta just a few weeks ago, Sam Champion hasn’t had much time to take in the local color, other than the overwhelming whiteness of snowstorms.

A rash of extreme weather across the nation has also kept him scrambling in his new role as Weather Channel managing editor.

Meanwhile, he’s readying his new Weather Channel morning program, which debuts March 17. Champion shared details about the new show, including its title: “America’s Morning Headquarters with Sam Champion,” or, for short, “AMHQ.”

The three-hour broadcast will air weekdays at 7 a.m. Eastern time, “with a brand-new take,” Champion said, “on what it takes to get America up and moving in the morning.”

Alongside Champion will be fellow Weather Channel meteorologists Mike Bettes and Maria LaRosa, most recently co-anchors of “Morning Rush.”

Biden to vist ‘The View’

The ladies of ABC’s “The View” are getting a special guest next Tuesday: Vice President Biden.

The vice president’s office says he’ll appear on the daytime talk show to encourage people to sign up under the government’s new health insurance program.

The White House has a lot of work ahead to reach its unofficial goal of getting 7 million people to sign up by the end of March.

Nearly 3.3 million people signed up between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

Fallon wins in ratings

Jimmy Fallon’s start as host of “The Tonight Show” is a ratings winner for NBC.

Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon’s New York debut on Monday night.

It was the second-biggest audience for “Tonight” since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O’Brien’s brief run as host.

Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O’Brien’s June 2009 “Tonight” opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.

NBC says Fallon’s “Tonight” debut, with guests Will Smith and U2, was up 71 percent over his Feb. 6 “Late Night” farewell’s audience of 6.6 million.

From News and wire service reports.