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Barbara Walters says she expects to be home from the hospital soon after taking a spill at a Saturday night party at the British ambassador's home in Washington, The Associated Press reports.

The veteran ABC newswoman thanked people who expressed concern in a statement read Monday on "The View."

She says she's running a low-grade fever and doctors don't want to release her until her temperature is normal. She says things are going in the right direction and she expects to be home soon.

Was there less to Beyonce than met the ear?

The pop star, 31, wowed the crowd of about 800,000 people during Monday's presidential inauguration with her powerful rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner," People reports.

But it wasn't a live performance, according to a Marine Corps Band spokeswoman, who says the band wasn't playing and Beyonce was lip-syncing to her own voice.

"We all know Beyonce can sing," Kristin Dubois, master sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps Band, told ABC News Tuesday. "We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."

Dubois added that the band performed live to accompany Kelly Clarkson but was specifically asked not to play during Beyonce's performance. People has confirmed that Clarkson performed live. And a representative for James Taylor, another performer on Monday, confirms his vocals and acoustic guitar were live, as well, CNN reports.

There is at least one person who feels empathy for Lance Armstrong in the wake of his doping confession: his ex-fiancee, Sheryl Crow, People reports.

Following the cyclist's televised admission to Oprah Winfrey, Crow, 50, appeared on "Entertainment Tonight."

"I know how hard he worked to win those titles, and you know, it was hard to watch," Crow said, referring to his seven Tour de France wins.

Crow says she caught bits and pieces of Armstrong's two-part interview with Winfrey. "I felt bad. I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his family and I kind of felt like the rest of America," said the singer. "He is a hero we watched and looked up to and admired."

But Crow believes at least Armstrong now feels a sense of relief.

"I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will always set you free," she said. "It's got to be really hard walking around, knowing you're not telling the truth about something. I always contend that the truth is the best way to go."

Banned for life from competing, the athlete originally vehemently denied the doping claims.

Crow, who dated Armstrong from 2003-06, did not discuss speculation about whether or not she knew the cyclist was involved in doping.

The Bolshoi Ballet appointed a temporary artistic director Tuesday to oversee the company while Sergei Filin recovers from an acid attack that disfigured his face and damaged his eyes, The Washington Post reports.

Galina Stepanenko, a prize-winning dancer who has been with the Bolshoi since 1990, was presented as the interim director at a meeting of the troupe Tuesday. Anatoly Iksanov, the general director, said she would guide the company until Filin, who was attacked late Thursday, returns to work. Stepanenko, a teacher and choreographer, began her career with the Moscow Classical Ballet in 1984.

Doctors have said Filin, 42, faces at least six months of recovery, including rounds of plastic surgery. He had one eye operation last week, and two more procedures were scheduled for this week.

In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published Tuesday, Filin said he was more worried about his sight than his looks, and at this point can see very little.

The important thing, he said, was to be able to return to his work and normal life with his family.

"I will remain the same even if my appearance changes," he said. "But I have three sons, and I want to be able to see them grow up."

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