2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- SHOCK: Miley Cyrus Performed in Her Unmentionables
Today in celebrity gossip: Miley Cyrus went chaps-less during a recent performance, Elisabeth Moss did not enjoy her "awful" marriage to Fred Armisen, and Chris Evans is both ready and willing to marry you. This was a brave admission for what must have been a truly mortifying situation! But please do not jump to conclusions about Miley Cyrus' lack of inhibitions, because as Us Weekly charitably described it, "the 21-year-old singer decided to take the stage half-naked rather than disappoint her fans." See? Miley Cyrus did not want to disappoint her fans and THAT is why she opted to forego her usual modesty-preserving sequined Ace bandage wrapped around a child's melted Halloween costume and instead took the stage in a state of undress that could be described as "revealing". We've all been there and we will all be there again and again and again and quite frankly we all owe Miley Cyrus a debt of gratitude for her bravery in this situation.
- Driver manages to get three tickets within minutes, driving just five blocks
- Thousands gather for Turkish teen's funeral
ISTANBUL (AP) — Thousands of people on Wednesday joined a funeral procession in Istanbul for a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests, and called on called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign.
- Someone Stole $600,000 in Donations From Joel Osteen's Megachurch
Lakewood Church — the giant Houston headquarters of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's evangelical empire — alerted its congregants that as much as $600,000 in cash and checks were taken from the building over the weekend. Even more concerning: The stolen goods include envelopes on which congregants wrote down their credit card information. According to an email from Lakewood, the theft "is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014," and does not include donations made electronically. A church employee discovered the theft on Monday morning. Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen are well-known proponents of a modern version of the prosperity gospel — a theology that believes God blesses people with material success.
- Malaysia Airlines: 'No reason to believe' crew caused disappearance of aircraft
A senior Malaysia Airlines' executive said on Wednesday that the airline has "no reason to believe" that any actions by the crew caused the disappearance of a jetliner over the weekend. Hugh Dunleavy, the commercial director of Malaysia Airlines, told Reuters in an interview that "we have no reason to believe that there was anything, any actions, internally by the crew that caused the disappearance of this aircraft." The search for the jetliner expanded on Wednesday to cover an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board.
- Friend's lawyer says Tsarnaev destroyed cellphone
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev destroyed his cellphone before being arrested, a lawyer for one of Tsarnaev's friends said in court Monday.
- Michael Vartan: Movie stars pushing him out of TV
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Vartan checks into A&E's "Bates Motel" this season but says finding new work is getting more difficult "with all these famous movie stars taking TV jobs."
- Carnival cruise passengers sue seeking $5,000 a month for life
By David Quiñones MIAMI (Reuters) - A group of passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for medical bills and mental anguish. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated 2013 voyage could change how cruise lines insulate themselves from legal actions, according to maritime legal experts. A second pending lawsuit with three-times as many plaintiffs has the potential to further undo the advantageous legal position cruise lines have long enjoyed. Stalled in the Gulf of Mexico for five days, passengers described human waste seeping into hallways, and being forced to sleep on deck under makeshift tarps with no cooked food.