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Did you hear about this? If you thought you’d seen the last of Jay Leno on late-night TV, think again. The former “Tonight Show” host will return to the show Friday as new host Jimmy Fallon’s guest.

Leno’s return to late night gives the 55-and-better crowd its first reason in ages to stay up after the 11 o’clock news.

Decency czars: A six-foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was removed in response to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that he is gay.

Ever-vigilant Russian officials countered what they condemned as Cook’s “public call to sodomy” with yet more photos of supreme leader Vladimir Putin’s saggy manboobs.

QWERTY: Actor Tom Hanks has a book deal for a collection of stories inspired by his typewriter collection.

Apparently Mr. Nice Guy Hanks is in reality so intimidating that no one dares to tell him that’s a really terrible idea for a book.

Election day: More than 18.6 million Americans in 32 states already have cast ballots in the midterm elections, a significant increase over early voting in 2010, when Republicans took control of the House.

Nervous Democrats urged President Barack Obama to keep his distance from the nation’s mail carriers, just in case.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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