For all his on-camera carousing, "Buckwild" reality TV star Shain Gandee was a Christian, and his mother says she'll see him again, The Associated Press reports.
At her 21-year-old son's funeral Sunday, Loretta Gandee told mourners that a month ago, Shain said he knew he'd go to heaven when he died.
Family pastors say Shain declared his faith a few years ago and was baptized. They urged hundreds of young people packing the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in West Virginia to do the same.
Shain, uncle David Gandee and a third man were found dead April 1 inside a sport-utility vehicle that was partially submerged in a mud pit near Shain's home in Sissonville, W.Va.
Autopsies determined all three died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say the muffler was below the surface and that mud covered the passenger side.
Meryl Streep received universal acclaim and an Oscar -- her third -- for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 biopic "The Iron Lady." People magazine's critic raved at the time that Streep's turn was more "channeling" than impersonation.
On Monday, after the news broke that Thatcher had died at 87 following a stroke, the actress was quick to point out that, in reality, Thatcher was a complex woman she barely knew -- and a woman with a complicated legacy.
"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," Streep said in a statement. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.
"But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit," Streep continued. "To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement.
"To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas -- wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now -- without corruption; I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle," Streep said.
DIY Network joins forces with MLB Network in the ultimate contest "Pin Your Turf, We'll Crash Your City!" for a chance to have licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and the "Yard Crashers" team ambush the winning baseball town, the network reports.
Nine Major League Baseball club cities, including Pittsburgh, are featured on DIY Network's Pinterest Board, where fans can pin postcards from select cities through May 8 -- increasing the hometown score with each competitive re-pin. Shooting this summer and premiering in 2014, a special episode of "Yard Crashers" will feature the winning city's ambush and surprise one lucky fan with a home run outdoor makeover.
"People always ask me to come and crash their space," Blashaw said. "Now is your chance. Just show your club some Pinterest love and I may show up in your town, your yard, and give you a winning space!"
In addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates, other participating MLB clubs are the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
Judge Judy will be presiding on television for two more years, the AP reports.
Judy Sheindlin and CBS Television Distribution said Monday that the feisty former New York state judge has signed on for two more years of "Judge Judy." It's one of the top daytime TV shows, seen by roughly 10 million people each episode.
Her current contract runs through 2015, and the new deal extends her through 2017. That would give her 21 years on the air, which she compared Monday to a winning hand in blackjack. Sheindlin, who is 70, gave no indication that she has plans to retire.
A spokesman had no comment on whether Sheindlin will be getting a raise from her reported $45 million annual salary.
Jay-Z says his "Made in America" festival is coming back to Philadelphia, the AP reports.
The rapper posted a teaser video on his "Life and Times" website Monday that showed footage from last year. It says this year's festival will again take place on Labor Day weekend -- Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Jay-Z says the lineup will be revealed on Spotify on Wednesday.
Last year's festival was the first of its kind for the entrepreneurial Jay-Z, who is married to superstar Beyonce and owns a music management company, a fashion line, a nightclub and a restaurant. He also has a stake in the Brooklyn Nets.
Thousands of music fans shifted among three stages in downtown Philadelphia to watch acts including Skrillex, D'Angelo, Passion Pit, Janelle Monae, Calvin Harris, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Odd Future and Drake.
Madonna has left Malawi after visiting the projects she has helped support through her Raising Malawi charity, the AP reports.
The pop diva and her four children arrived in the southern African country Monday and left Saturday. Madonna visited the 10 school blocks that her charity has helped build or renovate in collaboration with BuildOn.
The singer also visited a hospital's pediatric ward and several orphanages, including the Home of Hope, where she adopted David Banda in 2006. She also adopted Mercy James from Malawi in 2009.
Madonna initially planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund several community schools, which led to some controversy in Malawi. She also closed the Malawi office of Raising Malawi and fired staff for misappropriating funds.