Defiant al Fayed puts Michael Jackson statue outside soccer stadium
Fulham Football Club owner Mohamed al Fayed says fans who don't like his statue of Michael Jackson can start cheering for a different team.
April 3rd, 2011
11:46 PM ET

Defiant al Fayed puts Michael Jackson statue outside soccer stadium

London’s Fulham Football Club is now home to a 15-foot-tall memorial to Michael Jackson. And soccer fans who don’t like it can "go to hell," the club's owner said Sunday.

Fulham owner Mohamed al Fayed on Sunday unveiled a statue of the King of Pop on the grounds of the soccer club’s Craven Cottage stadium in London before Fulham’s English Premier League match against Blackpool, the Daily Mail reported.

Al Fayed, an Egyptian businessman who once owned London’s famed Harrods department store, counted Jackson as a friend. He was going to put the statue at Harrods until he sold the store in 2010, according to The Sun.

Sensing criticism for erecting a statue of a man who had little discernible connection to the club - Jackson once attended a match in 1999, according to The Sun - he essentially told critics to beat it.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 3rd, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

U.S. lawmakers this week will be in the curious position of sparring not only over a new 2012 budget proposal - Republicans are set to propose dramatic changes to Medicaid and Medicare - but also over a plan for 2011 spending, which was never settled. If a 2011 plan isn't agreed to by the end of the week, a partial government shutdown could ensue. Here is a look at this and some of the other stories CNN plans to follow this week:

Friday is deadline for 2011 spending plan

Less than six months remain in the U.S. government's fiscal year 2011, and Congress still hasn't passed a spending measure that would cover the whole thing.  That could change by Friday, when the most recent temporary measure expires.

Republicans have long been pushing to cut spending by $61 billion, but Democrats generally wanted only a fraction of that. Negotiators agreed tentatively last week on a compromise to slash $33 billion in federal spending, but there were disagreements over where to cut, and some House Republicans indicated they wouldn't go along, arguing $33 billion isn’t enough. If a full 2011 plan (or another temporary spending measure) isn't passed by Friday, some government services and offices could shut down until a plan is agreed upon.

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Investigators find debris from 2009 Air France crash
April 3rd, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Investigators find debris from 2009 Air France crash

French investigators said Sunday that they have found pieces of the Air France jet that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

Air France Flight 447 disappeared after taking off from Rio de Janeiro on its way to Paris.

France's air accident investigation agency, the BEA, said that a team - led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - discovered parts of the aircraft during an underwater search operation conducted within the past 24 hours.

The agency did not immediately say what parts of the jet the team found.

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6.7 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's coast
April 3rd, 2011
04:42 PM ET

6.7 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's coast

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

No widespread, destructive tsunami is expected, but there is a small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts less than 100 kilometers from the quake's epicenter, the U.S. National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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April 3rd, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Suicide bombing in Pakistan kills 25

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[10:40 a.m. ET] A suicide bombing inside a Sufi shrine in central Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens of others, a senior government official told CNN.

A suicide bombing inside a Sunni shrine in central Pakistan on Sunday killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others, a senior government official told CNN.

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