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      Billy Crystal to host Oscars

      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards.

      The 63-year-old comedian and Oscar-hosting veteran said Thursday on Twitter that he is "doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions."

      Academy officials confirmed the appointment. Crystal last hosted the show in 2004. This will be his ninth stint as host.

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