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For 70-year-old Toshiko Murakami, memories of the terrifying earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of her seaside town and swept away her sister brought fresh tears Sunday, exactly a year after the disaster.

"My sister is still missing so I can't find peace within myself," she said before attending a ceremony in a tent in Rikuzentaka marking the anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disaster that killed just over 19,000 people and unleashed the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

Across Japan, people paused at 2:46 p.m. — the moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck a year ago — for moments of silence, prayer and reflection about the enormous losses suffered and monumenta


In a city as big as New York, finding long-lost loved ones is no easy task -- especially after they've died.

For Elaine Joseph, it took decades.

During a massive blizzard in 1978, doctors tried to save her newborn daughter, who was suffering from what turned out to be a fatal heart condition.

Joseph, who was still recovering from giving birth at the city's Beth Israel Medical Center, said hospital officials notified her of her baby's death and had her sign off on a city burial.

"It was a nightmare," said Joseph, who was then 23 years old and later found it nearly impossible to find where her daughter's remains were buried.

"For years and years, I didn't even know where to look


The cockroaches came swarming from under the bed, and Paula Deen decided she'd had enough.

At 44, the newly minted restaurateur had been through a lot: She'd grown up without a real bathroom, living in the back of her family's souvenir shop and gas station, lost her father when he was only 40 and her mother just four years after that, weathered a difficult marriage to her hard-drinking high school sweetheart and begun to wrest herself from the grip of a crippling panic disorder.

But a roiling mass of bugs in her increasingly unkempt home - that, she recounted in her 2007 memoir "It Ain't All About the Cookin'," was her lowest moment yet.

With nowhere else to go that night, Deen craw


Can you say ka-ching?

Taylor Swift is No. 1 again: The singer is the top act on Billboard's just-released Top 40 Money Makers list for 2012.

Swift earned more than $35.7 million, 17% more than the take-home pay of last year's top-earner, Lady Gaga. U2 was second with $32 million. Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne rounded out the top five.

Artists' rankings were based on U.S. income sources from tours, albums sales and publishing royalties.

Adele took the No. 10 spot on the list. Though she canceled most of her U.S. tour due to issues with her vocal cords, her 21 sold more than 5 million units in 2011.

Country artists had a banner year, occupying 11 of the 40 slots on the


A receipt from Manning’s March 2 dinner at the Angus Barn, a restaurant the owner says is frequented by celebrities, went viral after his server posted a picture of it on the Internet.

The bill for $739.58 included an 18-percent gratuity, but Manning added an additional $200 to the tip, which increased the total tip amount to about half of the total bill.

The server, identified only as "Jon" by the receipt, was immediately fired by restaurant owner Van Eure for posting the photo, the owner said.

owner Van Eure said she was livid when she learned about the picture.

“This goes against every policy we have,” Eure said. "It's just horrible."

She said the restaurant has a strict po


The tweets keep coming, a backlash against initial snarky comments is building and Web clicks on a viral restaurant review of a local Olive Garden have doubled just days after its release on a small, North Dakota newspaper's website.

The review of the chain eatery, whose arrival was said to be highly anticipated in Grand Forks, N.D., has caused a nationwide Web firestorm, with more than 400,000 hits on the Grand Forks Herald's website.

The article made history for the paper after it was posted Tuesday, quickly reaching 200,000 views by Wednesday afternoon. It was 10 times more read than paper's next-most-popular story.

Eighty-five-year-old Marilyn Hagerty, a 65-year news veteran,


After an ABC News investigation detailing the use of a cheap meat filler, finely textured lean beef, commonly called pink slime, which is in 70 percent of the ground beef sold at supermarkets, J. Patrick Boyle, president of the American Meat Institute, defended the practice as a way to safely use what otherwise would be wasted.

“BLBT (Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings) is a sustainable product because it recovers lean meat that would otherwise be wasted,” he said in a statement.

However, the substance, critics said, is more like gelatin than meat, and before Beef Products Inc. found a way to use it by disinfecting the trimmings with ammonia it was sold only to dog food or cooking oil supp


SAN FRANCISCO -- yet another California preacher who convinced thousands of foolish followers that the world would end has posted an online letter conceding he has no evidence of an impending apocalypse and will no longer predict global doom.

In a missive posted Thursday on his independent ministry's site, 90-year-old Harold Camping said he was asking for forgiveness for his sin in predicting Judgment Day, and has stopped trying to pinpoint future dates.

"We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ's return," Camping wrote. "We humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing."

Camping's Family Radio International broadcasts his messages from the nonpr


The imprisoned father of two Texas children found living in an abandoned school bus is claiming the home was only meant to be temporary.

Mark Shorten said he planned to build a house on a wooded lot near Houston before he and his wife were arrested for embezzlement in 2010. Child welfare officials took custody of his children earlier this week after the siblings -- a 5-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl -- were found living in the dilapidated bus at the end of a muddy, one-lane road in Splendora, home to one of the poorest school districts in the state.

Fox affiliate KRIV-TV reported Thursday that no charges have been filed yet in the case. The children's parents are in federal prison f


Consider us ... not shocked at all. Jessica Simpson poses nude and pregnant for the new issue of Elle magazine -- pretty much ripping off Demi Moore's revolutionary Vanity Fair cover from 21 years ago.

In the accompanying interview, Simpson also reveals that she's having a girl -- but don't expect one of those quirky celeb baby names like "Maple" or "Apple!" SODAHEAD SLIDESHOW: See the biggest pregnant celebrity shockers. "It’s nothing shocking and nothing you'll have to add to the dictionary. Still, when people hear it, they’ll know . . . why," she says cryptically.

From the beginning of her seemingly endless pregnancy (isn't she due already?), Simpson has been taking good care o


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