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Ten years, ago, 19-year-old Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch was rescued with multiple injuries after her supply unit had come under fire and she was taken captive in Iraq. Lynch was the only POW in her unit to come out alive, and the first woman POW to be rescued in war.

Lynch, on the 10th anniversary of her rescue, went on the “Today” show on Monday to talk about the intervening years and the difficulty she had had with being in the spotlight. Thanks to the story of the capture having been inaccurate, the Iraq war veteran had gone from being a media darling to the poster child for an ill-prepared war effort.

She recalled, “I set the record straight as much as I can. I did Congress and testified to let everyone know … the real story.” For example, her many broken bones, attributed to enemy fire, came from her Humvee crash. And while it was reported that she used her M16 rifle, she said it actually had jammed.

The West Virginia native is now a motivational speaker, teacher and mother—the latter is the role for which “she feels the most pride,” she said.

Lynch told “Today,” “I’m happy we’re at this 10-year mark, but I’m happy to put Iraq in the past. It’s always going to be part of my life.”

She added, “I’m blessed and happy to be here.”

Her injuries, however, always serve as a reminder of the war: She has had 21 surgeries, including for a broken back and two broken legs. She wears a brace on the left leg and her right leg still hurts. She said, “I do the best that I can and am just thankful that I’m here.”

Lynch also told “Today” that as the only one in her unit to survive, she has had to deal with survivor’s guilt. “My best friend [Lori Paestewa] didn’t get to come back, and I did. She had two beautiful kids,” Lynch said. “It’s hard to know they’re going to have to grow up without their mom.”

She added, “I have that never-give-up attitude. As long as you keep it in your mind, you can do anything. That’s what it’s all about, it’s persevering.”

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KIM Kardashian’s infamous sex tape hit the headlines again earlier this week – when it was valued at a whopping £18million.

In 2007, the newlywed socialite’s hotel room romp with then-boyfriend and R’n’B singer Ray J became a huge hit when it leaked on to the internet.

Despite her best efforts to keep the 39-minute clip private, Kim’s video has now been viewed millions of times worldwide.

And it has made her a pretty penny in the process. She’s grossed £3million from it after striking a deal with the current rights holders.

And in tribute to the saucy clip here are ten more celebs whose bedroom antics have been exposed on the internet.

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1) Paris Hilton

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Hotel heiress Paris Hilton filmed herself getting frisky in a hotel room with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon.

The blonde was just a small-time socialite before 1 Night in Paris emerged in 2004.

But afterwards she emerged as a reality TV star, singer, model, fashion designer and author.

As for Salomon, he subsequently tied the knot with another sex tape queen – Pamela Anderson. The union wasn’t successful though – lasting just ten weeks.

2) Pamela Anderson

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If anyone was ever likely to have a sex tape, it was always going to be pneumatic Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.

In fact, she has two.

Her debut was one of the first to kick-start the internet celebrity sex tape trend. Her clip featured then-hubby Tommy Lee and their saucy honeymoon antics following their 1998 wedding.

She followed that up with another clip in 2005, showing her and Bret Michaels from band Poison.

3) Jordan

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Attention-seeker Jordan and her former boyband lover Dane Bowers had their sizzling home video nabbed from the flat they shared and leaked on to the net during their two-year relationship in the late nineties.

The couple split in 2000, but while Another Level singer Dane has disappeared, Jordan – real name Katie Price – has redefined what it is to be a reality star.

4) Abi Titmuss

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Former nurse Abi was filmed getting down and dirty with ex-TV presenter boyfriend John Leslie and an unidentified woman in 2000.

The 16-minute raunchy recording was released online in 2003 and shot her into the lads’ mag stratosphere.

She has since attempted to redefine herself as a serious actress – once starring as Lady Macbeth in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

5) Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez and her then-husband shot some steamy footage on their honeymoon in 1997.

But despite ex Ojani Noa’s best efforts it will never see the light of day.

While a few snippets of the romp have appeared on the net, a Los Angeles judge ordered the entire film to be handed over to the court and locked in a safe deposit box in June.

6) Kendra Wilkinson

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Playmate Kendra Wilkinson famously dated 85-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for five years.

But her sex tape was filmed before she hit the big time.

The clip was made in 2003, when she was 18 and released in May 2010.

7) Verne Troyer

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Better known as Mini-Me from the Austin Powers films, Verne filmed a dirty video with former live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider in 2008.

But his full-sized lover leaked the 50-minute video to the public.

8) Colin Farrell

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The Irish bad-boy actor and ex-Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain documented 13 minutes of naughty nookie in 2006. Colin sued Nicole over the tape’s release, insisting the pair had agreed to keep the footage to themselves.

Colin won the case and successfully blocked the tape from distribution, but leaked copies found their way on to the internet nevertheless.

9) Fred Durst

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Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst made millions from his sex tape.

Footage of him and an unknown woman having sex was stolen from his computer.

He sued a number of websites who published it without his permission and bagged a whopping £43million in damages.

10) Dustin Diamond

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If ever there was a sex tape that never deserved to see the light of day it is American actor Dustin Diamond’s sordid 2007 romp.

The small-time actor hoped the release of Saved By The Smell in 2007 would resurrect his career a decade after sitcom Saved By The Bell, in which he played Screech, had ended.

But it did exactly the opposite.

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MTV’s controversial reality show “Buckwild” just took a sad turn south. One of its stars, Shain Gandee, was found dead on Monday morning.

The 21-year-old’s body was discovered in his Ford Bronco in Sissonville, West Virginia, around 11:30 a.m., alongside the dead bodies of his uncle, David Gandee, and a third unidentified person, according to a Kanawha County official.

Dispatchers received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. that the missing vehicle had been found. Officers used all-terrain vehicles to access the Bronco, which was found about a mile up a dirt road, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

The reality star and his uncle David, 48, were last seen leaving Larry’s Bar in the neighborhood around 3 a.m. and claiming that they were going to go four-wheeling. The pair’s family reportedly searched for them on Sunday before calling 911 to declare them missing.

The younger Gandee was still a trash collector for the city of South Charleston when “Buckwild” first began shooting. The show followed a handful of college-aged West Virginians partying – kind of like “Jersey Shore” with a gritty, Southern flair.

Needless to say, there seems to be more drama off-camera than on for its stars. Since the show’s premiere in early January, star Salwa Amin has been arrested twice and sent to jail for possession and intent to distribute heroin and OxyContin, while Michael Burford was arrested for a DUI.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.) reportedly sent a letter to MTV urging the network to put a stop to the show. “As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth,” he said. “I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud profiting off of ‘Buckwild.’ Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”

Still, the show has been renewed for a second season. The show’s executive producer, John Stevens, once told Entertainment Weekly that it was Gandee – and the fact that he was a trash collector and had no cell phone – who made him think the show could be interesting.

“The parents have to go in the woods when I call to find him,” he said. “Shain is usually out there on his ATV and motorcycle. That’s their idea of fun. That’s what so refreshing … These guys don’t have the crap in daily life that convolutes their lives.”

A spokesperson for MTV said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”

Central African Republic’s new leader and self proclaimed president Michel Djotodia has proposed a three year transition period leading to elections in 2016.

Addressing a rally in the capital Bangui, the Seleka rebel chief who toppled President Francois Bozize on 24 March also said there would be no reprisals against supporters of the ousted president.

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Elwin Wilson, a former Ku Klux Klan member who later apologized for his racist actions, has died.

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According to an Associated Press report, Wilson died at a South Carolina hospital at the age of 76. Wilson’s wife, Judy, related that he had struggled with hearth and lung problems for years, and recently contracted the flu.

It isn’t often that members of the Ku Klux Klan publicly renounce their views on race, but Wilson made news with a very public apology in 2009. He apologized directly to John Lewis, a U.S. Representative from Georgia. Wilson had reportedly taken part in a beating which included Lewis during a civil rights march in the early 60s.

Wilson admitted to being a Ku Klux Klan member in the past, but stated that he could not reconcile his religious beliefs with his racism. He recalled that he attended cross burnings, hung effigies, and threw fruit at black men during his time with the Klan.

Lewis has stated that Wilson’s apology was meaningful to him as it was the first apology he received for the violence he encountered during his time as a freedom rider in 1961.

 

If you’ve ever felt like your MD brushed off your concerns, but that the problem wasn’t in fact in your head, you may be suffering from one of these often overlooked conditions. By Kathleen Rellihan

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Sleep apnea
Fighting low energy is a normal part of a busy life, right? Not always. When fatigue becomes chronic, it may be a sign of a lurking health disorder. “As women, we tend to brush off our symptoms, thinking they may be from overextending ourselves or taking on too much, but this may not be the case,” says Dr. Lauren Weber, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Specialized Women’s Health. Depression, hypothyroidism, vitamin-D deficiency, diabetes, and sleep apnea are among the issues Dr. Weber says could be the underlying reason for your fatigue. Sleep apnea is particularly common and worrisome because if left untreated, it can increase your risk for hypertension, stroke, and even heart attack. Focus on good sleep habits – like keeping the same bedtime every night and not watching TV in bed – and eat a well-balanced diet to combat fatigue. If you’re still falling asleep at your desk or behind the wheel, it’s a good idea to get tested for sleep apnea via a sleep study.


Perimenopause or menopause
Hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive – women might feel that these less-than-pleasant symptoms of perimenopause and menopause are just something that they have to cope with. But, that’s not necessary, says Dr. Weber, who advises starting treatment as soon as possible. “The best time to get treated is within the first 10 years of menopause; there is actually a decreased cardiovascular risk associated with starting hormone therapy, which is the best treatment for moderate to severe menopause symptoms,” says Dr. Weber. And if you needed another reason to quit – smokers are at higher risk for early menopause.

Hypothyroidism
Are you tired, achy and finding it hard to lose that mysterious 10 pounds you gained? Intolerant to cold? Suffering from elevated cholesterol? Constipated? Dealing with unexplained infertility? These are all symptoms of a low thyroid, says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. “In my 35 years as a physician, I have found that the majority of women who need thyroid hormone have normal blood testing,” he says. If you have unexplained fatigue, and two to three of the other symptoms, you may be one of them, in which case Dr. Teitelbaum advises asking your doctor about trying thyroid hormone.

Fibromyalgia
If you have insomnia despite being utterly exhausted, widespread pain and “brain fog,” you may have fibromyalgia, suggests Dr. Teitelbaum. The good news: It’s now very treatable. “By restoring energy production with the S.H.I.N.E Protocol (Sleep, Hormones, Immunity, Nutrition, Exercise), our study found that 90 percent of patients improved with an average 91 percent increase in quality of life,” says Dr. Teitelbaum. The strategy can help support recovery when dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms, and aid in maintaining healthy energy levels when you’re well. There is no blood test for fibromyalgia, so a conversation with your doctor about your symptoms is the best route to diagnosis.

Prediabetes
Even if your blood sugar tests come back normal and you avoid sugary foods, you’re not necessarily in the clear for developing diabetes. “Many people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it,” says digestive care expert Benda Watson. “But with the epidemic of obesity and diabetes – also known as diabesity – controlling the situation before it gets out of hand is imperative.” Watson advises even those with normal blood sugar levels to be tested for high insulin levels, which could put you at risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. And like with all these sneaky health issues, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and limiting stress is key. “Exercise helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, and stress reduction helps with a major underlying contributor to chronic disease,” says Weber. Whether it be kickboxing or a painting class, find a calming activity that you enjoy, and do it regularly for a lasting impact on your overall health.

 

Associated Press/Alaska State Troopers - This 2008 image provided by the Alaska State Troopers shows their helicopter which crashed Saturday night March 30, 2013 while attempting to rescue a snowmobiler near Larson Lake 7 miles east of Talkeetna, Alaska. All three aboard are feared dead. (AP Photo/Alaska State Troopers)

Associated Press/Alaska State Troopers – This 2008 image provided by the Alaska State Troopers shows their helicopter which crashed Saturday night March 30, 2013 while attempting to rescue a snowmobiler near Larson Lake 7 miles east of Talkeetna, Alaska. All three aboard are feared dead. (AP Photo/Alaska State Troopers)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska State Trooper helicopter carrying a trooper, a pilot for the agency and a rescued snowmobiler crashed in the south-central part of the state, leaving all three aboard feared dead, a spokeswoman said Sunday night.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the aircraft went down Saturday night, the wreckage spotted Sunday, and no survivors have been found.

Peters said that though the three are feared dead, there still has been no confirmation of any fatalities.

“This is a huge, profound tragedy for us. We can replace the helicopter but we can’t replace what went down with it,” she said. “It’s been a bad day.”

Wreckage of the helicopter burned, but Peters said it was not known how the fire started or how long it lasted. (more…)