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Both jailed members of cause celebre Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been released from prison under an amnesty law, according to reports.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked free from a prison hospital in Siberia, while band-mate Maria Alyokhina was cut loose earlier in Nizhny Novgorod.

Both have dismissed the amnesty as a PR stunt ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Russia, but they are nonetheless free for the first time in 14 months.

The women were jailed in August 2012 after performing a protest song in Moscow's main cathedral. The act was seen as blasphemous by many Russians.

However, their conviction for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" was criticized by rights groups, anti-Putin activists and foreign governments.

Their sentences were due to end in March 2014.

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In a story both heartwarming and heartbreaking, thousands of carolers gathered in West Reading, Pa., this weekend to fulfill a dying girl's Christmas wish.

Delaney Brown, an 8-year-old suffering from leukemia, included carolers on a "bucket list," and organizers expected "a few thousand" to take part.

Close to 10,000 people showed up. Take a look at this clip of the event:

Now that's the true meaning of Christmas, love, unity and compassion.

Brown's family, which has been updating a "Team Laney" Facebook page, posted a photo of the girl giving two thumbs up as she heard the caroling outside.

On December 17, doctors gave her "two days to two weeks to live."

We wish Delaney and her family nothing but the best in these sad circumstances, and are grateful that her entire community appears to be by her side.

Also helping the cause? Taylor Swift herself! See below ...

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Claire Davis, a 17-year-old suburban Denver student, has died after being shot in the head by an Arapahoe High School classmate on December 13.

Claire Davis Picture

Davis had been critical condition after being shot point-blank in the Colorado school shooting one day before the Sandy Hook (Conn.) massacre anniversary.

Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care, but the hospital confirms she has passed away.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the hospital said in a statement.

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss."

"Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our community, staff and families."

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Lord Infamous was found dead in his mother's home in Memphis, Tennessee on December 20. He was 40 years old.

Ricky "Lord Infamous" Dunigan was the founding member of rap group Three 6 Mafia which won an Academy Award for the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the film Hustle and Flow. They went on to win an American Music Award two years later for Favorite Band/Group/Duo.

Lord Infamous of Three6 Mafia Dead at 40

Dunigan suffered a heart attack and stroke in 2010. His cause of death is unknown at this time.

His death was also confirmed on Twitter with "R.I.P. Lord Infamous" coming from fellow group member Juicy J.

Lil Wyte added "He gave us the name #Triple6Mafia he was a pioneer, he was a god, he was my friend. RIP Ricky 'Lord Infamous' Dunigan."

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Justine Sacco, a PR executive, is in major hot water after publicly tweeting a racist “joke” during a flight to Africa that went viral and didn't go over too well.

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” she wrote.

Yeah ...

Justine Sacco is a New York-based communications director for media conglomerate IAC, which reps brands like OKCupid, Vimeo and CollegeHumor.

At least she was. IAC responded to the controversy in a statement last night:

“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. This is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”

The company, which is operated by billionaire media executive Barry Diller, noted that it had been unable to reach the in-flight “employee in question."

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Phil Robertson disrespected the gay employees at A&E, and that's ultimately what got the star suspended from Duck Dynasty, according to a new report.

Robertson Family

The 67-year-old Robertson family patriarch's suspension has become a polarizing topic this week, and now TMZ has insight into how it all went down.

Why would the network suspend one of its most popular personalities when it knew the backlash it would get for it from fans and certain pundits?

A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask the network's gay employees to kill themselves for the show after Phil's comments.

When Robertson disrespected them by calling all gays sinners, and rather coarsely at that, in his recent interview with GQ, Dubuc felt she had no choice.

A number of gay employees involved in the production of Duck Dynasty were outraged by Phil's comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to take action.

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Is Lindsay Lohan destined to be the next Amy Winehouse?

Now that she's finished her latest stint in rehab, LiLo is looking to resurrect her music career.

And when we say career we mean "those two songs she had that one time before she got all strung out and became a frequent flier at rehab facilities all over the country."

LiLo's first attempt at a music career had her singing such songs as "Rumors" and "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)." This time, she's taking a page from Lady Gaga's handbook and wants to be an EDM artist.

She is not currently signed with a record label.

Lindsay Lohan in the Studio

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It's hard to believe but the iconic Christmas special A Charlie Brown Christmas is 49 years old. Nearly half a century of Charlie yelling into his megaphone and Schroeder playing his piano!

The folks at Mashable decided to surprise people on the streets of NYC with a Peanuts Christmas Dance flash mob in honor of the Vince Guaraldi-created classic.

The result? Christmas magic. Awesome Christmas magic.

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Grab your tissues, people. This one's a tear-jerker.

Ali and Ben Nunery were married in 2009. Like most married couples, they had photos taken of themselves in their wedding attire, except theirs were set to the backdrop of the house they'd bought together, the place they planned to call home for quite some time.

In 2011, just a year after she gave birth to their daughter Olivia, Ali Nunery passed away from lung cancer. Now, two years later, Ben Nunery and daughter Olivia are ready to say goodbye to that home.

But not before they had a special father-daughter photo shoot recreating Ben and Ali's wedding photos with Olivia as his sidekick. 

Dad Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter

"I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to...remember," Ben said.

"Those images represent some of the happiest moments in my life," he wrote. "

Now he'll have a new set of images to "celebrate the great, enduring love [he] has for both Ai and Olivia."

Click through to see the rest of these breathtaking photos, but be warned. You might just shed a tear or five.

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Part of the ceiling of London's Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue collapsed on Thursday evening, showering theatre-goers with plaster, wood, and dust.

"At first we thought it was part of [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime]" says Martin Bostock. "Then I got hit on the head."

This story gives new meaning to the phrase "bringing down the house." 

Apollo Theatre Collapses

As the ceiling fell in on the theatre, "complete chaos" erupted as the audience tried to get outside. More than 80 people were injured by the collapse, and several in attendance were trapped by debris.

So far, no fatalities have been reported.

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