Promoter to blame Jackson for own death
Michael Jackson performs in concert in 1984. He died in 2009.
April 1st, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Promoter to blame Jackson for own death

Michael Jackson's last concert promoter will defend itself in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's family by arguing that Jackson was responsible for his own demise.

Child molestation accusations against Jackson, for which he was acquitted after a trial, and evidence of his drug addiction will likely be presented by AEG Live's lawyers as they argue that the company had no liability in his death.

Jackson died two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London in the summer of 2009.

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Filed under: California • Celebrity • Michael Jackson • Music • Showbiz
'Buckwild' star, 2 others found dead
Shain Gandee, 21, was a cast member of the MTV reality show "Buckwild."
April 1st, 2013
07:35 PM ET

'Buckwild' star, 2 others found dead

Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," has been found dead inside a vehicle along with two other people in Kanawha County, West Virginia, authorities said Monday.

The show follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, West Virginia, pulling stunts like turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the woods on their all-terrain vehicles. Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had done "every job from coal mining to being a garbage man."

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April 1st, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Powerball winner pays back child support

The winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot paid $30,000 in back child support to the mother of three of his children Monday and had the warrant cleared during a hearing in a New Jersey family court.

The payment clears Pedro Quezada's record, probation officials said during the hearing in Paterson.

The warrant for Quezada was originally issued in 2009. He owed a total of $29,000 in child support, according to William Maer of the Passaic County Sheriff's Office. Quezada has five children, ages 5 to 23. It is not clear which children are covered by the payments.

Quezada told Family Court Judge Ernest Caposela that the children will now live with him.

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Filed under: Courts • Lottery • New Jersey • Powerball • U.S.
April 1st, 2013
05:49 PM ET

Ship carrying oil strikes bridge

A disabled tanker ship struck a bridge linking Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, on Monday, closing the heavily used span to traffic.

The 470-foot Harbour Feature was carrying tallow oil when it hit the aging Sarah Long Bridge stretching over the Piscatagua River.

The crew of the Portuguese-flagged ship reported a rupture of up to 12 inches above the waterline, the Coast Guard said. But there was no indication of any leaking cargo.

No injuries were reported.

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Filed under: Accidents • Maine • New Hampshire • U.S.
April 1st, 2013
11:35 AM ET

Death penalty sought in theater shootings

Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes despite his offer last week to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding a death sentence.

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Filed under: Crime • Gun violence • Justice
April 1st, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Cops: New York couple's abduction a hoax

An apparent abduction involving a couple in New York City was a hoax, part of a surprise birthday party, New York police said Monday.

The people involved came forward, police said. Since a police report was never filed, there will be no charges, police spokeswoman Sophia Tassy said.

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April 1st, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Monday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.  The trial resumes on Tuesday, April 2.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET - White House Easter Egg Roll - President Obama speaks to thousands of children, their families and others at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington.

12:15 pm ET - Pentagon welcomes Singapore PM - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Singapore's prime minister to the Pentagon.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 

 


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April 1st, 2013
04:42 AM ET

South Korea warns North of 'strong response'

The South Korean president on Monday warned North Korea that any provocative moves will be met with "a strong response" as the United States deployed stealth fighter jets in the tense region as part of joint military exercises.

"If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations," President Park Geun-hye said at a meeting with senior defense and security officials, according to her office.

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April 1st, 2013
04:20 AM ET

Tensions mount in Texas after 2 prosecutors killed

Frayed nerves and a palpable tension cloak this quiet Texas county where the FBI, the Texas Rangers and half a dozen other agencies are on the hunt for the killer or killers bent on taking out top criminal justice officials.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their house Saturday, two months after an assistant district attorney was gunned down in broad daylight outside the county courthouse.

The killings have residents and prosecutors in Kaufman, east of Dallas, on edge - and on guard.

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April 1st, 2013
04:16 AM ET

Suicide attack kills at least 9 in Iraq

A suicide bomber drove an oil tanker into a police station in central Tikrit on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding 20 others, Iraq's interior ministry said.

Tikrit is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Baghdad.

It is a predominantly Sunni town located in Salaheddin province and is the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

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April 1st, 2013
03:35 AM ET

Life, death for Colo. movie theater shooter?

Since the death penalty was reinstated in Colorado more than 35 years ago, the state has executed just one person.

Now comes the case of James Holmes, who faces 166 counts of murder and attempted murder for a shooting at an Aurora movie theater that left 12 people dad and 58 wounded.

If there ever was a poster boy for capital punishment, legal analysts say, the 25-year-old Holmes would fit the bill.

On Monday, prosecutors will decide whether they will accept a defense request to take the death penalty off the table if Holmes pleads guilty.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S. • World
April 1st, 2013
02:44 AM ET

3 feared dead in Alaska helicopter crash

An Alaska State Trooper helicopter that had been sent to rescue a stranded snowmobiler crashed - and authorities fear that all three occupants on board are dead.

The helicopter was carrying the pilot, a trooper and the snowmobiler when it went down Saturday night, the state Department of Public Safety said early Monday.

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April 1st, 2013
02:18 AM ET

2 dead in China from unusual bird flu strain

Two people in China have died and another remains critical after falling ill with a strain of bird flu not detected before in humans, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Both of those who died, men aged 27 and 87, lived in Shanghai, while a 35-year-old woman in Chuzhou city in nearby Anhui province is in the hospital, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission said Sunday, according to Xinhua.

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April 1st, 2013
01:15 AM ET

Powerball winner owes child support

The winner of last week's $338 million Powerball jackpot is expected to appear in a New Jersey court Monday on a warrant for unpaid child support.

Pedro Quezada, 44, the father of five children ages 5 to 23, owes back child support totaling $29,000, according to William Maer of the Passaic County Sheriff's Office. It is not clear which children would be covered by the payments.

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April 1st, 2013
12:00 AM ET

Police: New York abduction likely a hoax

An abduction in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York that was captured on a surveillance camera may have been a hoax, the city police said late Sunday.

According to Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the Friday incident "may have been a hoax staged amongst friends to celebrate one of their birthdays."

The New York Police Department did not provide additional details.

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