Selena Gomez to young fans: New film isn’t for you

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Selena Gomez AMA 2010 (Photo credit: AleeDear)

Selena Gomez struck a pose on the red carpet for Thursday’s premiere of her new film, Spring Breakers, in which she plays a bikini-clad college student who gets involved in sex, drugs and violence.Her move from Disney girl to Girl Gone Wild in the R-rated film has been “a little awkward,” she tells AP, “but great.”

Adds, Gomez, 20, “I am getting a little bit older, so I wanted to push myself and kind of get into a little bit more of an indie world.”

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The Wizards of Waverly Place star admitted the fast track to stardom is strange. “Honestly, it’s been a weird transition. You never really know what’s right or wrong and you can only do the best you can,” she says.

But she did have advice for some of her young fans, who gathered outside the ArcLight Theatre hoping to catch a glimpse of the star: Her new movie isn’t for them.

“I think they’re really here to see me. I don’t think they’re here to see the movie,” she told AP, adding, “This was a little bit different. So, yes, they shouldn’t go see this.”

2 dead, 24 hospitalized in Pa. bus crash

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a bus transporting a college women’s lacrosse team has crashed on a freeway in central Pennsylvania, and a death and serious injuries have been reported.

The bus, which was carrying 23 Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches, reportedly went off the road and crashed into a tree, according to Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn. The crash occurred around 9 a.m.

Colborn said that the bus driver and one passenger died. All other passengers were hospitalized, some with serious injuries. Three were taken to the hospital in helicopters, according to Penn State Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman Danielle Ran. One of the three died at the hospital.

Photos from the scene show the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it’s not clear whether that was from impact or emergency workers attempting to reach people inside the bus. At least one person was wheeled away in a stretcher.

State police were investigating the crash, said Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department, and state environmental officials were also sent to the scene because of a diesel fuel spill from the bus.

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., sent investigators to the scene, company dispatcher Kelly Hay said. The company had no information yet from the investigators and could not comment, she said.

Seton Hill says it used texts, emails and phone calls to notify students about the seriousness of the Saturday morning crash in Cumberland County. The associate dean of students is heading to the crash scene in central Pennsylvania to help students and their families.

Seton Hill University is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students, located near Pittsburgh. The team was to play at Millersville University, outside Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday.

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Petition to deport Piers Morgan??

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LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.

Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show an “unbelievably stupid man.”

Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for “exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures.

Morgan seemed unfazed — and even amused — by the movement.

In a series of Twitter messages, he alternately urged his followers to sign the petition and in response to one article about the petition said “bring it on” as he appeared to track the petition’s progress.

“If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?” he wrote.