I would try using clone stamp or content aware fill to replace them.
You may need to track them first using a single point motion tracker, apply the track to a null, then parent your clone to that null.
Or go nuts and whack a great big lens flare on there instead :)
You can link objects in After Effects to .csv files (as well as many other formats).
For example, if you make a spreadsheet like the one below, and save it as a .csv file:
You can drag the .csv file into your project, then drag it into each comp, and then choose which line of text to use in each object using an expression like this:
The default camera blur in after effects isn't very nice. You can adjust it a little by changing how the camera behaves in the Camera settings
A larger aperture value on the camera will give you more blur at closer positions.
You could try making the aperture larger, and then change the amount of distance between the text layers (and compensating with the ...