For the third consecutive year, Oprah Winfrey topped the Harris Interactive poll of favorite TV personalities. In the 12 years that Harris Interactive has conducted the polls...

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For the third consecutive year, Oprah Winfrey topped the Harris Interactive poll of favorite TV personalities. In the 12 years that Harris Interactive has conducted the polls, Oprah has never ranked below the top three and this is her fifth time in the top position.

David Letterman retained the No. 2 position from last year. Jon Stewart was No. 3, up from No. 6.

Holding the No. 4 and No. 5 positions they occupied last year were Ray Romano and Jay Leno, while Bill Cosby made his first Harris Interactive appearance since 2001, at No. 6.

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Ellen DeGeneres moved from No. 10 to No. 7, and Bill O’Reilly dropped from No. 3 to No. 8. Dr. Phil McGraw went from No. 6 to No. 9 this year, tied with Regis Philbin.

William Peterson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Aniston and Martin Sheen all dropped off the list.

“Sesame Street” folk to take fantastic voyage

NEW YORK — “Sesame Street” characters have gone around the globe and into space, and soon they’ll be exploring the human body.

Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization, is creating a series of museum learning experiences, and “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” is first up. It will premiere at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix in May through November, then travel around the country through 2010.

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