December 17th, 2013
03:06 AM ET

Beatles bootlegs out on iTunes

A collection of often-bootlegged Beatles songs went on sale via iTunes early Tuesday, but the recordings were online only briefly in several countries.

The tracks - expected to be mostly recordings of BBC performances from 1963, along with demos and studio outtakes - appeared at midnight in Britain, only to be pulled down shortly afterward. The digital music giant's sites in Australia and New Zealand no longer featured the collection by Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for Universal Music Group confirmed the release of "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963" for Tuesday, but provided no additional information.

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August 19th, 2013
02:55 PM ET

Testimony: Promoter didn't pressure Jackson's doctor

The doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death did not appeared to be pressured by AEG Live, an expert hired by the concert promoter testified Friday.

Dr. Gary Green returns to the witness stand Monday, the 72nd day of testimony in the Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson's mother and three children contend AEG Live is liable in the pop icon's death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who is serving a prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

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Body of Sopranos star awaits autopsy
June 20th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Body of Sopranos star awaits autopsy

James Gandolfini probably died of a heart attack, according to the head of a Rome hospital's emergency department where the actor was taken.

The body of the actor was transferred to a hospital morgue in Rome early Thursday, where it awaited an autopsy.

By law, medical examiners in Italy are required to carry out the postmortem 24 hours after the body's arrival in the morgue, a hospital spokesman said.

Before Italian authorities can release his remains for transport back to the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Rome must issue a death certificate.

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The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74
The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died at 74 in Germany on Monday, May 20, after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said.
May 21st, 2013
09:07 AM ET

The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74

The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany Monday after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74.

The artist had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.

The Doors formed in 1965 after Manzarek happened to meet Jim Morrison on California's Venice Beach. The legendary rock group went on to sell 100 million albums worldwide, establishing five multiplatinum discs in the U.S.

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George Jones dies at 81
Country music legend George Jones was hospitalized in Nashville on April 18.
April 26th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

George Jones dies at 81

George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music including "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" has died, according to his public relations firm.

Jones, 81, died Friday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, the public relations firm said. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

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Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72
April 22nd, 2013
09:23 PM ET

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.

Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.

"While his family greatly appreciates that Richie's many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time," a statement from his publicist, Carrie Lombardi, said.

After Havens, a Brooklyn, New York, native, gained attention at Woodstock, he recorded a soulful-voiced cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which rose on the pop charts in 1970.

Havens returned to Woodstock for the 40th anniversary festival in 2009.

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Jackson wrongful death case jury chosen
April 22nd, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Jackson wrongful death case jury chosen

A jury of six men and six women has been chosen to hear the Michael Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

Another six jurors must now be selected to serve as alternates in the trial, which is expected to last two or three months, in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, claiming the promoter was liable in the pop icon's death in 2009.

The judge has not set a date for opening statements and testimony to begin, although the trial opening could happen later this week.

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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April 12th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Actor Jonathan Winters dead, associate says

Jonathan Winters, the wildly inventive actor and comedian who appeared in such films as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Loved One" and played Robin Williams' son on the TV show "Mork & Mindy," has died.

He was 87.

Winters died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California, according to business associate Joe Petro III.

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April 8th, 2013
07:35 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.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - The funeral of Roger Ebert - Friends, family and fans gather in Chicago to bid farewell to award-winning movie critic Roger Ebert, who died last week.

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Wesley Snipes freed from prison
Wesley Snipes was convicted of failing to file federal tax returns for three years.
April 5th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Wesley Snipes freed from prison

"Blade" actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.

The release to a supervised residential location in New York occurred Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons told CNN.

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Halle Berry expecting
Oscar winner Halle Berry is pregnant at 46, her rep says.
April 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

Halle Berry expecting

Actress Halle Berry and her fiance, French actor Olivier Martinez, are expecting a child, Berry's representative told CNN on Friday.

Berry, 46, has a daughter, Nahla, from an earlier relationship with Gabriel Aubry.

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Film critic Roger Ebert dies
April 4th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Film critic Roger Ebert dies

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who this week said he was facing a recurrence of cancer, has died at 70, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicated his column.

In an essay on his blog Tuesday, Ebert explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote. Ebert had already lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

"My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me," Ebert wrote. "What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

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Jay Leno announces 'Tonight Show' exit
Jay Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" since 1992 (with one brief break).
April 3rd, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Jay Leno announces 'Tonight Show' exit

On Wednesday, Jay Leno confirmed the rampant reports that he's once again departing "The Tonight Show," presumably for good this time.

He'll wrap up his 22-year run as host in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon officially signing on as his replacement.

The expectation that he would leave NBC's legendary late-night program has been building recently. NBC execs told The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times in early March that Leno was going to be out and someone else, most likely "Late Night" host Fallon, was going to be in.

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Muppets' Jane Henson dies
Muppets co-creator Jane Henson takes part in a ceremony at the National Museum of American History in 2010.
April 2nd, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Muppets' Jane Henson dies

Jane Nebel Henson - who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and was instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets - died Tuesday morning, a representative for the Jim Henson Company said. She was 79.

Henson died at her home in Connecticut after a "long battle with cancer," a written statement from the company said.

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'Finding Nemo' sequel on the way
The blue fish Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneris, will be featured in the "Finding Nemo" sequel by Disney/Pixar.
April 2nd, 2013
04:51 PM ET

'Finding Nemo' sequel on the way

Talk of a "Finding Nemo" sequel has been flitting about the Web for a while, but Disney/Pixar made it official on Tuesday.

On its Facebook page, the company announced that the follow-up to their 2003 story will arrive in November 2015, with Andrew Stanton returning to direct.

Called "Finding Dory," the focus will evidently be on one fish in particular: the humorously forgetful Regal Blue Tang named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres.

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Carbon monoxide killed 'Buckwild' star
Shain Gandee, a cast member of MTV's reality show 'Buckwild,' was found dead Monday in West Virginia.
April 2nd, 2013
04:34 PM ET

Carbon monoxide killed 'Buckwild' star

Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," and two other people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff's office in Kanawha County, West Virginia, said Tuesday.

The deaths, discovered Monday, were labeled as accidental, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy report.

Gandee, 21, was found dead in a vehicle along with his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, authorities said. The vehicle was stuck in mud that covered its tailpipe, investigators said.

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Lindsay Lohan pregnant? Psych!
Actress Lindsay Lohan fooled a lot of Twitter followers with her April Fools joke.
April 2nd, 2013
04:27 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan pregnant? Psych!

Lindsay Lohan is not pregnant, the actress announced Tuesday, refuting herself.

"April Fools. Where's everyone's sense of humor?" the troubled actress wrote Tuesday morning on her verified Twitter account. This after unleashing a retweet storm with three simple words posted April Fool's night: "Its official: pregnant."

Some, but certainly not all, of those following @lindsaylohan went for it hook, line and sinker. Within an hour, it had been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

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Pregnant? Lindsay Lohan? Internet scoffs
April 2nd, 2013
03:26 AM ET

Pregnant? Lindsay Lohan? Internet scoffs

It didn't take long for the tweet to ping around the world.

"Its official. Pregnant..." said the three simple words.

But coming from the verified Twitter account of a troubled actress whose every move elicits intense scrutiny, they were enough to send the Internet into a tizzy.

Shortly after the tweet appeared on @lindsaylohan, it became a worldwide trending topic. Within an hour, it had been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

Was it an April Fool's joke?

Very likely.

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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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'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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