NEW YORK - "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is going on medical leave earlier than planned.
Her last day was originally scheduled for Friday.
However, "Good Morning America" announced Thursday that Robin will fly home to Mississippi after the show to be with her sick mother. She is still scheduled to begin her bone marrow transplant next week.
Roberts told viewers in July she was battling MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease known as preleukemia. Her bone marrow donor is her sister, Sally.
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ABC says it will air four fewer episodes of "Scandal" than planned this season.
The network on Friday didn't say why it will broadcast 18 instead of 22 episodes. But the decision follows word that "Scandal" star Kerry Washington and her new husband, football player Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting a baby.
Former Cleveland Brown lineman Al "Bubba" Baker pitched his successfully patented process to remove the bone from ribs, trademarked D-Boned, on ABC's Shark Tank.
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