The Best of 2008: Counting Down ABC News' Most Popular Stories

Leibovitz Defends Provocative Miley Cyrus Pics

Annie Leibovitz, the photographer who shot provocative photos of Miley Cyrus for the June issue of Vanity Fair, defended her depiction of the 15-year-old star.

"I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted," she said in a statement released by Vanity Fair. "Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful."

Cyrus said she was "embarrassed" by the photos and apologized to her fans.

"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she said in a statement. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."

Read the story: Leibovitz Defends Provocative Miley Cyrus Photos.

Fritzl Daughter of Incest Like the 'Walking Dead'

The gruesome details made headlines in European papers when Elizabeth Fritzl was found in an Austrian basement after 24 years of imprisonment.

Allegedly raped by her father at age 11, drugged and cast in a dungeon-like cellar at 18, and for months tied to a pole and offered the choice of sex or starvation, the daughter of Josef Fritzl paid a heavy price.

In her underground prison, Elisabeth Fritzl bore seven children through alleged incest and was never allowed to see daylight or interact with anyone other than her tormentor father and her children.

Read the story: Elisabeth Fritzl's Trauma Like 'Walking Dead'.

10 Baffling Medical Mysteries and Health Conditions

Persistent sexual arousal syndrome. An allergy to cold temperatures. Music-induced seizures.

They are conditions that you may be hard-pressed to find in the medical literature. Bring them up in front of a physician, and in some cases you may get little more than a blank stare. But they exist. And while such rare conditions are cocktail-party fodder for some, they can be a source of difficulty and shame for those who experience them firsthand.

This top 10 list of medical mysteries includes syndromes such as an inability to open one's eyes for days, a never-before-seen resistance to cold temperatures, an extremely rare condition called chiari malformation that prevents sleep, an inability to remember, and an inability to forget.

Read the story: 10 Baffling Medical Conditions.

Teens Experiment With Anal Sex, Risk Health

Experts say that as social mores ease, more young heterosexuals are engaging in anal sex, a behavior once rarely mentioned in polite circles. And the experimentation, they worry, may be linked to the increase in sexually transmitted diseases.

Recently, researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in Rhode Island suggested that anal sex is on the rise among teens and young adults, particularly those who have unprotected vaginal sex.

Experts say girls and young women are often persuaded to try such sexual behavior for the wrong reasons -- to please a partner, to have sex without the risk of pregnancy or to preserve their virginity. But many don't understand the health consequences.

Read the story: Study Reports Anal Sex on Rise Among Teens.

Emeril's Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge Recipes

In February, chef Emeril Lagasse announced the winner of his Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge: Laura Macek!

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