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Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi -- and then ran away defiant down a rain-soaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas, The Associated Press reports.

The police questioning of Russia's most recognizable punk rockers, along with detentions of gay rights and other activists in recent days, brought political tensions to the fore at Vladimir Putin's showcase Winter Olympics.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, along with seven others, were held by police near Sochi's ferry terminal, a popular area for fans celebrating the Olympics. Police said they were questioned in connection with a theft at the hotel where they were staying. No charges were filed.

"Putin will teach you how to love the motherland!" the women chanted on leaving the police station, their fists in the air and blue, pink and orange ski masks concealing their faces.

Pussy Riot gained international attention in 2012 after barging into Moscow's main cathedral and performing a "punk prayer" in which they entreated the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Putin, who was on the verge of returning to the Russian presidency for a third term.

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were sentenced to two years in prison, but were released in December under an amnesty bill seen as a Kremlin effort to assuage critics of its human rights record before the Olympics. Both women called for the boycott of the Sochi Games.

 

"American Hustle" star Bradley Cooper revealed that when meeting President Barack Obama and French officials last week, his outfit was missing one piece: underwear, People reports.

Cooper, 39, has gained about 15 pounds in four weeks for an upcoming role, he said Monday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He decided to dust off his Golden Globes tux for Tuesday's White House State Dinner, not realizing the suave suit no longer fit. He bypassed the underwear "because there was no room at all."

David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows, People reports.

Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery.

He's expected to make a full recovery, but concerts planned for February in San Francisco and West Hollywood will be moved to April.

Crosby says he'll be ready to perform with the group Crosby, Stills and Nash on a tour that kicks off in Richmond, Va., on March 4.

Crosby underwent a liver transplant in 1994.

In a statement, the performer says he is "once again a very lucky man."

The stars came out to support Jimmy Fallon for his "Tonight Show" debut on Monday, and it made for some fun photos backstage at Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, People reports.

Kim Kardashian posted a few of them to Instagram, posing with a parade of celebs who walked out to congratulate Fallon, 39, on his first night hosting the iconic NBC show.

In one photo, Kardashian posed with Mike Tyson, Joan Rivers, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracy Morgan and Lady Gaga. In another, she appeared with Morgan and Seth Rogen.

Will Smith was Fallon's first guest. He and musical guests U2 kicked the show into high gear after a sentimental opening monologue from Fallon.

Gaga was slated to be among the guests on Tuesday's show, joined by Jerry Seinfeld and Kristen Wiig.

The Weather Channel will premiere its new flagship live morning show "AMHQ with Sam Champion" on March 17, the network reported Tuesday. The series will air weekdays from 7-10 a.m. The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning weather anchor, who also serves as managing editor, will anchor the three-hour weekday show alongside a team of co-hosts that includes meteorologists Maria LaRosa and Mike Bettes live from The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta. Champion, who spent a combined 25 years at ABC's flagship WABC-TV and "Good Morning America," will serve as a trusted source viewers can depend on to forecast the day ahead.

"Wake Up With Al," which airs weekdays from 5:30-7 a.m. and is hosted by Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams, will serve as the "AMHQ" lead-in.


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