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Designer’s body found in river

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NEW YORK – A designer who did costumes for such Broadway shows as “Swing,” “Promises, Promises” and “Evita” died after he apparently fell into the Hudson River while trying to board his boat in Manhattan, police said.

The New York City medical examiner’s office said Monday that more tests are needed to pinpoint the cause of 55-year-old Michele Savoia’s death.

Police divers recovered his body in the icy waters off Chelsea Piers on Sunday afternoon. He was last seen leaving the Marquee nightclub around 4 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Clinton advocates

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success.

Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in an address at a national conference in Las Vegas where actress Ellen Page came out as gay days earlier in an emotional speech that’s stirred a social media outpouring.

Box office

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “The Lego Movie,” $48.8 million

2. “About Last Night,” $27 million

3. “RoboCop,” $21.5 million

4. “The Monuments Men,” $15 million

5. “Endless Love,” $13.4 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor George Kennedy is 89. Author Toni Morrison is 83. Vocalist Yoko Ono is 81. Singer Herman Santiago is 73. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 67. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 64. Singer Juice Newton is 62. Drummer Robbie Bachman is 61. Keyboardist Larry Rust is 61. Actor John Travolta is 60. Game-show hostess Vanna White is 57. Actor Matt Dillon is 50. Rapper Dr. Dre is 49. Actress Molly Ringwald is 46. Actor Tyrone Burton is 35. Musician Regina Spektor is 34.

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