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Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols, the creative force behind countless classic American films and plays including "The Graduate," has died at age 83, triggering a flood of tributes. Nichols is one of the rare figures in American entertainment to have earned an "EGOT," having been honored with at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. "This is a seismic loss," said fellow director Steven Spielberg. Nichols was a member of American entertainment royalty, being married for many years to celebrated ABC television news presenter Diane Sawyer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.