July 1, 2009

Breaking news: Michael Jackson's will filed at court

Posted: 12:42 PM ET

A lawyer filed Michael Jackson's will written seven years ago with the Los Angeles County Probate Court on Wednesday morning, court officials said.

Also Wednesday, more than two dozen TV satellite trucks lined a narrow, two-lane road leading to Neverland Ranch, jostling to reserve space for a public viewing of the pop icon's body later this week.

Jackson's body will be taken to the ranch, north of Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday in preparation for viewing Friday, a law enforcement official said. The family plans a private service Sunday.

The question of what killed Jackson last week has gone unanswered pending toxicology results. Fans across the globe Tuesday continued to mourn Jackson five days after the 50-year-old singer went into cardiac arrest.

In New York, thousands lined the streets Tuesday outside Harlem's Apollo Theater, the hall that helped launch Jackson's career.

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June 29, 2009

Jackson's mother files for custody of his three children

Posted: 12:05 PM ET

Michael Jackson's mother filed a petition Monday in Los Angeles Probate Court seeking legal guardianship of her son's three children, CNN has confirmed.

A hearing was scheduled for August 3 on Katherine Jackson's petition.

Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, told CNN on Sunday evening that he and his wife expected to keep the children.

"We're not trying to get custody," Jackson said. "We will get custody and have custody."

An autopsy was performed on Michael Jackson Friday, and toxicology reports from his body will disprove rumors that the singer's personal physician injected him with powerful painkillers, the attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray said Monday.

"Dr. Murray never prescribed Demerol, never administered Demerol, never saw him - Michael Jackson - take Demerol," attorney Edward Chernoff told CNN's "American Morning."

"And that goes as well for Oxycontin. I think those are just rumors. When toxicology comes back ... that's going to be all cleared up," Chernoff said.

Murray met voluntarily for several hours with detectives over the weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department said late Saturday.


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June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson Autopsy results now weeks away

Posted: 11:53 AM ET

The results of toxicology tests on the body of Michael Jackson may not be available for six to eight weeks, the Los Angeles coroner's office said Friday.

Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner, said the autopsy exam will be conducted Friday, but few results are expected Friday because of the extensive tests being performed.

"The likelihood is very slim that we will have any results to release today because of the extensive [tests] that we're going to be performing," he said.

The office will likely not determine a cause of death "until we get results of all the tests," he said.

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The world pays tribute to Michael Jackson

Posted: 09:05 AM ET

From street corners, buses and subways to phone calls, e-mails, text messages, online posts and tweets, people around the world commented, pondered, and paid tribute to pop legend Michael Jackson, who died Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Around midnight at London's Leicester Square, as news of Jackson's death spread, Luis Carlos Ameida and his friends were surrounding a car listening to the star's music.

Ameida said he'd gotten tickets to see Jackson at his "This Is It" concerts beginning on July 13 in London.

"From a young age, you know, I used to have the video game," said Ameida. "I used to have the white suit, and I'd wear it on my birthday. I used to moonwalk ... I remember my mum used to send me to lessons to be like Michael Jackson. And when I heard the news, I had tears in my eyes because of that connection I had because of all the songs he used to play."

In Glastonbury, southern England, where the world's largest music festival was to kick off Friday morning, initial rumors and then confirmation of Jackson's death added to confusion and then shock among festival goers.

"As I was walking back through the crowd it was the word on everyone's lips," Sally Anne Aldous, 29, told CNN over the phone.

You can see some of the tributes HERE and you can pay tribute to "The King of Pop" on the LKL blog – just leave us a comment.

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Autopsy results on Michael Jackson due today

Posted: 07:37 AM ET

An autopsy on entertainer Michael Jackson has been scheduled for Friday and results are expected by afternoon, according to the Los Angeles, California, coroner's office.

The "King of Pop," who was preparing for a comeback tour, died Thursday at age 50.

Jackson, under apparent cardiac arrest, was taken from his home by paramedics to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians tried to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said Jackson's brother Jermaine. He said the music idol was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. (5:26 p.m. ET).

Another one of Jackson's six siblings told CNN that he learned of Jackson's death through his manager, Frank Dileo.

"Frank told me that Michael last night was complaining about not feeling well. He called to tell him he wasn't feeling well," Marlon Jackson said. "Michael's doctor went over to see him, and Frank said, 'Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don't know what happened.' When they got to him this morning, he wasn't breathing."

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN that a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m. Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center, Ruda said.

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June 4, 2009

Breaking News – Trial starts for U.S. Journalists held in North Korea

Posted: 08:16 AM ET

Two U.S. journalists detained in North Korea were to go on trial Thursday, North Korean state media said.

The journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were reporting on the plight of North Korean defectors living along the China-North Korea border when they were taken into custody on March 17.

Ling and Lee are reporters for California-based Current TV, a media venture of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

North Korea has charged the reporters with illegal entry into the country and hostile acts.

The trial was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Thursday, (2 a.m. ET), according to the state-run news agency KCNA.

Analysts have said that the trial could be very short and that sentences could be delivered Thursday. The women could face years in labor camps if convicted.

The families of the journalists broke months of silence this week, making public pleas for their release.

Read More HERE

NOTE: Laura Ling’s husband, Iain Clayton, wrote a LKL Web Exclusive for us – you can read it HERE

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May 26, 2009

CA awaits same-sex marriage decision today

Posted: 10:05 AM ET

The California Supreme Court is expected to determine the fate of same-sex marriage in the state TODAY as well as the validity of about 18,000 same-sex marriages.

The court will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the controversial measure banning same-sex marriage that voters approved in November.

Its opponents want the amendment nullified. They say the proposition alters California's Constitution and, therefore, under state law, is a revision that requires a constitutional convention.

Attorneys for the opponents also say the proposition, which removed the "marriage" label from same-sex unions, effectively deprives same-sex couples of a fundamental right guaranteed them under the equal-protection clause in the U.S. Constitution.

This is from the CA Supreme Court's website:

"The California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 at 10 a.m. [Pacific] on Tuesday, May 26, 2009."

Click here for the full ruling

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March 18, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Actress Natasha Richardson Has Died

Posted: 06:14 PM ET

BREAKING NEWS: Actress Natasha Richardson has died after injuries suffered in a skiing accident, according to her family.artrichardsongi1

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March 4, 2009

BREAKING NEWS! Barbara Bush undergoes heart surgery

Posted: 09:11 PM ET

(CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush underwent heart surgery Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN.

Jill Becker, chief of staff for former President George H.W. Bush, said that Barbara Bush was "fine" following the surgery.

"In fact, she is awake," Becker said.

"We, of course, naively wanted to keep it quiet - Mrs. Bush did," Becker said Wednesday night. "She thought there was too much fuss the last time."

Wednesday's surgery was not related to surgery she had in November for a perforated ulcer.

The open-heart surgery was taken as a precautionary step after doctors found hardening on one part of her aorta last week, Jim McGrath, a spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush told CNN affiliate KTRK.

Dr. Gerald Lawrie performed the 2 1/2 hour surgery, McGrath said, after Bush, 83, suffered some shortness of breath.

McGrath said it was not "a drastic condition" but was surgery was performed because her condition was not going in the direction they wanted.

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February 21, 2009

Arrest in Chandra Levy murder "imminent" according to police

Posted: 03:33 PM ET


Washington police told the mother of murder victim Chandra Levy that there has been headway in the infamous 8-year-old case, and an arrest was imminent, Susan Levy told CNN on Saturday.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department did not reveal the suspect's name when she contacted the parents on Friday, Levy said.

WRC-TV in Washington reported that police were pursuing an arrest warrant for a prison inmate named Ingmar Guandique.

Guandique is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution-Victorville, a medium-security facility north of San Bernardino, California, an official there confirmed to CNN on Saturday.


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