Jan. 4, 2014 -- quicklist: 1
title: Phil Everly Dead at 74
text: Phil Everly, the younger half of the pioneering musical duo The Everly Brothers, has died at 74 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to The Associated Press. The Everly Brothers are considered rock pioneers who brought the world pop gems ("Wake Up Little Susie") and beautiful harmonies with dark themes of angst and loss lying beneath the surface ("Love Hurts").
Their influence continues today, with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones even recently recording a tribute.
title: Hello? Hello?! Pope Calling
text: Holy moly! Did he leave a number? The nuns at the Carmelite community in Lucena, Spain missed a pretty important call on New Year's Eve when Pope Francis tried to drop them a line – but they didn't pick up. The nuns then passed the pontiff's message to the Spanish radio network COPE.
"What are the nuns doing that they can't answer?" the pope said jokingly, in Spanish. "I am Pope Francis, I wish to greet you in this end of the year, I will see if I can call you later. May God bless you!"
title: Jay Mohr Apologizes to Class Act Alyssa Milano
text: Actor and comedian Jay Mohr has officially apologized to Alyssa Milano for cracks he made about her body during a radio interview.
"I went too far. I cannot change what I said, but I can assure you that my heart is broken that I hurt her. I am very sorry. With the utmost sincerity," he said on his blog.
Milano graciously and hilariously accepted: "@jaymohr37 Thank you. Apology accepted. (She grunts while aggressively yet cautiously prying off her head-to-toe Spanx). #PassTheCookies."
title: Kesha Heads to Rehab
text: Pop sensation Ke$ha has checked into rehab to treat an eating disorder, according to the AP. The 26-year-old "Tik Tok" singer said that she is hoping to "learn to love myself again, exactly as I am" in a statement provided by her spokesman.
"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," she said. "I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again. exactly as I am."