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By Joseph Pisani The Associated Press

Musical Colonel: Reba McEntire to play KFC chain’s founder

NEW YORK — The next Colonel Sanders is giving the character a little bit of “country music flair.” KFC has picked singer Reba McEntire to play the founder of the fried chicken chain, the first female celebrity in the role.

In commercials starting next week, McEntire dons the Colonel’s famous white suit and black tie, but with a twist.

Diet Coke gets new look and flavours amid sinking sales

NEW YORK — Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try and reverse slumping sales for the sugar-free soda.

Coca-Cola Co. says it is adding a slimmer 12-ounce Diet Coke can, refreshing the logo and offering the 35-year-old drink in four new flavours, including mango and ginger lime.

The Atlanta-based company says the taste of the plain Diet Coke will stay the same,

Ken doll gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones

NEW YORK — He’s been overshadowed by Barbie for decades, but now Ken is finally getting some attention.

Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, including different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie had a similar makeover more than a year ago, both part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and appealing to today’s kids.