On the Radar: Potter premiere, missing off Mexico, Afghan killings trial
Nicole Beaudet. left, is first in line for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" in London.
July 7th, 2011
06:05 AM ET

On the Radar: Potter premiere, missing off Mexico, Afghan killings trial

Three things you need to know today.

Potter premiere: Thousands Harry Potter fans have been camping out in London for the premiere of the last film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," on Thursday.

If you're not in line in Trafalgar Square, EW.com will live stream the red-carpet event beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will be there along with author J.K. Rowling.

The first fan in line for the London premiere was Nicole Beaudet, a 22-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia, who's been waiting in line seven days, reports the Daily Star.

“Harry Potter has been the biggest part of my life. This is the last film, so I blew my life savings to be here,” Beaudet told the Daily Star.

If you're not prepared to fork over that much cash, the film opens in the U.S. and Britain on July 15.

Missing off Mexico: Relatives of seven Americans missing after a boat capsized off the coast of Mexico are seeking donations to help continue their rescue efforts past a search window set to expire Thursday.

Family members are urging crews to keep scouring the waters off the coast of Baja, California past 2 a.m. Thursday, when the search window closes - 96 hours after the boat capsized.

"There is evidence from previous ship wrecks that individuals can survive past the 96 hours," California state Sen. Leland Yee said at a news conference Wednesday night.

One American was killed when the boat with more than 40 people aboard capsized early Sunday in the Sea of Cortez, near Isla San Luis, Mexico, authorities said.

Afghanistan sport killings: Jury selection begins Thursday for an Army sergeant charged in what military authorities say was a conspiracy by a group of soldiers to kill Afghan civilians for sport and then cover it up.

Sgt. Darren Jones is one of 12 soldiers, all members of the Washington-based 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, accused in a case that strained U.S. relations with Afghanistan after details emerged that some of the soldiers allegedly posed with dead Afghans and collected souvenirs from the killings.

Jones is one of six soldiers facing trial and the only one not charged with killing Afghans. Six other soldiers, including one who posed for photos with a dead Afghan, have accepted plea deals.

Jones, who faces courts-martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit assault and battery.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Apos

    Ist story: Asinine zealotry in action.

    2nd story: Tragedy from very little traction.

    3rd story: Pending court-martial satisfaction.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. AJLTX

    and this is the state of the world when Harry is the top of the stories... lets think about this!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    To be fair, the life savings of a 22 year-old is probably not that much.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    Nancy I live in florida one county over from where the jury was picked. Will you please shut your mouth. You are causing more trouble than you know. People are close to a riot. You have no idea the damage you are causing. oh that's right you dont live here so why would you care. The case is over. Sorry you didnt get your wish. Casey will be a free woman. You cant win them all. When someone is hurt because of your mouth I hope they sue the crap out of you. Your a low life camera moth.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RICHARD BREITHAUPT

      ONE OF OUR RIGHTS IS FRDEOM OF SPECH THAT YOU CON NOT TAKE A WAY OR TELL US TO STOPING US FROM SAYING WHAT IS ON OUR MINDS WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO AGREY OR DISAGREY WITH THE JURY IN CASY’S TRAYL MORE POWER TO NANCE GRACE SHE IS SAYING IT HOW IT IS IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT SHE SAYS DO NOT WOTCH HER PROGAM

      July 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. martha

    why wont you let me post my comment, ihave not posted any comment, whe i tried to post my comment it said it was duplicate, you just did not want to publish it

    July 11, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
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