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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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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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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More court drama awaits Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is accused of lying to a police officer, reckless driving and violating her probation for a shoplifting conviction.
March 18th, 2013
04:56 AM ET

More court drama awaits Lindsay Lohan

The soap opera that is Lindsay Lohan offers more drama after the actress missed a Sunday night flight to Los Angeles, where she goes on trial Monday morning.

With no more red-eye flights heading west, Lohan called on a Los Angeles-based beverage company for which she has made promotional appearances.

"Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet see you all in a few hours in LA," Lohan tweeted early Monday. Mr. Pink makes "premium ginseng-infused wellness beverages," according to its website.

Fortunately for Lohan, the courthouse where her trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. is just two miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Actress Bonnie Franklin dies
Bonnie Franklin's character Ann Romano "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers," CBS said.
March 1st, 2013
02:53 PM ET

Actress Bonnie Franklin dies

A star of the long-running TV show "One Day at a Time" has died.

Actress Bonnie Franklin died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

Her "One Day at a Time" character, Ann Romano, was "ground-breaking," CBS said in a statement, because it "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers within the cultural landscape."

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Cowboy actor Dale Robertson dead at 89
Actor Dale Robertson died Tuesday. He was 89.
February 28th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Cowboy actor Dale Robertson dead at 89

Dale Robertson learned that he had Stage 4 cancer just last week, while he was being treated for pneumonia.

Robertson, whose horse expertise, Oklahoma roots and handsome looks helped him win cowboy roles in 1950s and '60s, died this week at age 89, his wife said Thursday.

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Bobby Brown ordered to jail for DUI
Nobby Brown performs in Newark, New Jersey, on February 19, 2012.
February 27th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Bobby Brown ordered to jail for DUI

After two drunken driving convictions in a year, singer Bobby Brown is going to jail for 55 days.

Brown, 44, has been ordered to report to Los Angeles County jail on March 20 after he pleaded guilty to charges including driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan.

Brown's most recent arrest came in October, when he was pulled over on Ventura Boulevard. His license had been suspended because of an earlier drunken driving charge from an April arrest.

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Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson speak on stage during the "Michael Forever Tribute Concert" in 2011.
February 25th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial

The lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's three children and mother that accuses a concert promoter of contributing to the pop icon's death can go to trial, a Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday.

The trial for the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, filed by Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson and his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, is set for April.  A final order on Monday's decision has not been issued yet.

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Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter
February 19th, 2013
03:49 AM ET

Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter

As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal
Beyonce Knowles was chosen to perform the national anthem at yesterday's presidential inauguration in Washington.
January 22nd, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Hours after a U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman said Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration yesterday, the Marine Corps is backpedaling.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

The conflicting reports from the Marines have yet to be clarified by a statement from Beyonce or her representatives, who have not responded to CNN's request for comment.

[Initial post, 12:57 p.m. ET] Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem at President Obama's inaugural yesterday was certainly lovely, but apparently not live.

According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band, the pop star opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyonce lip-synched her own voice.

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France's Brigitte Bardot might want Russian citizenship, too
This February 2001 file photo shows animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot in Romania.
January 4th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

France's Brigitte Bardot might want Russian citizenship, too

First it was Gerard Depardieu. Now another famed French movie star, Brigitte Bardot, might be interested in Russian citizenship.

The 78-year-old Bardot, an animal rights campaigner, will request Russian nationality Friday if plans to euthanize two elephants at a zoo in the French city of Lyon go ahead, her foundation said.

She has asked French President Francois Hollande to intervene on behalf of the elephants, who are believed to have tuberculosis. She told French newspaper Le Parisien that the former circus elephants could be helped with the right veterinary care and that her foundation could help find them a more suitable place to live.

This comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Russian citizenship to Depardieu, who was angry about French plans to raise taxes.

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Joe Jackson suffers 'mild' stroke
Joe Jackson suffered a stroke Thursday morning, a source close to the Jackson family said.
November 29th, 2012
06:26 PM ET

Joe Jackson suffers 'mild' stroke

Joe Jackson, the Jackson family patriarch, suffered a stroke Thursday morning and is being treated in a Las Vegas hospital, a source close to the Jackson family said.

Jackson, 83, "is in very good spirits" and expects to be sent home from the hospital Friday, said the source, who asked not to be identified.

The "mild" stroke is similar to two others he suffered in the past five years, another source close to Jackson said.

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Voice of Elmo quits after underage sex lawsuit filed
Puppeteer Kevin Clash was Elmo’s voice for 28 years.
November 20th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Voice of Elmo quits after underage sex lawsuit filed

[Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET] Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provides the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," resigned Tuesday after a man filed a lawsuit accusing him of conducting an underage sexual relationship.

The lawsuit was filed in a New York court Tuesday, a week after another accuser recanted his claim that Clash, now 52, engaged him in underage sex.

"I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," Clash said in a written statement Tuesday. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization. Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately."

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Ex-NFL star, actor Alex Karras dies, 77
Alex Karras starred in the 1980s TV show "Webster" after playing 12 years with the Detroit Lions.
October 10th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Ex-NFL star, actor Alex Karras dies, 77

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions defensive tackle turned actor in the ABC sitcom "Webster," died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home following a battle with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and stomach cancer, according to a family spokesman.

He was 77.

Karras, a Gary, Indiana native, was an All-American at the University of Iowa before becoming a  four-time Pro Bowl selection in the NFL, playing for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970. He went on to star in the 1980s' sitcom “Webster” he played George Papadapolis, the guardian of the newly orphaned Webster, played by actor Emmanuel Lewis and also played the horse-punching Mongo in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles."

In April, he joined hundreds of  former NFL players suing the league over concussion-related injuries, serving as lead plaintiff for what was then the 12th concussion-related complaint filed against the NFL by the Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia.

Karras “sustained repetitive traumatic impacts to his head and/or concussions on multiple occasions” during his NFL career, and “suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas,” the lawsuit said.

His wife, "Webster” co-star Susan Clark, said in April that Karras suffered from dementia.

The more than 2,000 NFL players who are suing the league claim the NFL misled players concerning the risks associated with concussions. The NFL has repeatedly said that player safety is a priority and that any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit.

According to his family, "Karras had always dreamed of being an actor," and got a boost when Lucille Ball "took him under her wing and allowed him to train in small parts."

Karras also co-wrote autobiographies called "Even Big Guys Cry" and "Alex Karras by Alex Karras."

"His love of nature and most especially of the ocean, where he spent many happy days on his fishing boat, led him to support numerous organizations committed to protecting our environment for future generations," his family said.

Memorial services are being planned and will be announced soon, his family said.

September 6, 2012: Football players more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease, study finds

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Hip hop manager Chris Lighty found dead
August 30th, 2012
07:40 PM ET

Hip hop manager Chris Lighty found dead

Chris Lighty, who managed several of hip hop's biggest artists, apparently shot himself to death in his Bronx, New York, apartment Thursday morning, a New York police spokesman said.

Lighty, 44, was found with a gunshot wound to his head and a semi-automatic firearm next to his body at 11:30 a.m., the police spokesman said.

While the death appears to be a suicide, police investigators will wait until the medical examiner's report before closing their investigation, the spokesman said.

Lighty founded Violator Records & Management, which counts Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and Diddy among their artist.

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Comments: Hunka' hunka' burning love for Elvis endures 35 years after his death
Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley had a historic meeting on December 21, 1970.
August 16th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Comments: Hunka' hunka' burning love for Elvis endures 35 years after his death

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the most talked-about stories of the day.

Sometimes readers ask about our stories. Today, a reader commenting on a story about a man accused of faking his own death happened to mention the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

"How do they decide what article gets to be the top story? Today is the day Elvis died. Lisa Marie and Priscilla greeted the fans at Graceland today. Now this is not a lead story either but it's not even a story to CNN. I don't know ... sorry to complain."

Thanks for your comment, Guest. CNN affiliate WMC covered the Graceland event, and that story was put up on the entertainment page. If you really want to travel back in time, CNN iReport received numerous photos and videos about Presley in honor of what would have been Presley's 75th birthday in 2010.

But those aren't the only places you'll find Elvis on CNN.com. People have been talking about Presley all over the place.

Remembering the King: When Nixon met Elvis

The photo at the top recalls the 1970 meeting between Richard Nixon and Presley. The CNN Political Ticker took a look at the historic convergence. Here's what one reader had to say:

myviewis: "I like this part because it's 2012 and we are still having this problem with the flag losing respect and the country. Presley was adamant that he 'wanted to be helpful' and that he wanted to 'restore some respect for the flag which was being lost.' "

Meanwhile, reader Sniffit theorized that "Elvis is hiding in a trailer in Area 51" with various items and people. Hard to say for sure. There are plans in place to put together an Elvis hologram.

Yet another place you might find Elvis - granted, not a Presley - is at border crossings. FULL POST

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Comments: Remembering 'Horshack' actor, adding 'f-bomb' to dictionary
"Welcome Back, Kotter" fans are mourning the loss of Ron Palillo, who died of a heart attack Tuesday at 63.
August 14th, 2012
09:44 PM ET

Comments: Remembering 'Horshack' actor, adding 'f-bomb' to dictionary

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the most talked-about stories of the day.

Today we're hearing about a wide variety of things on CNN.com, including coffeemaking techniques and python management. We're highlighting a few stories today with comments that caught our eyes.

1. Remembering 'Horshack'
2. Hypersonic test flight
3. Lost my kid in public
4. Jennifer Aniston
5. 'F-bomb' and other words

1. Ron Palillo, TV's 'Horshack,' dead at 63

Horshack was a beloved persona from "Welcome Back Kotter." Readers are mourning Ron Palillo, who played the 1970s TV character. For some, it's a generation thing.

Irv Kaage: "A sad day for all Sweathogs and a day that makes us all feel a little older."

Horshack paved the way for others who would dare to act like high school students, says this person.

SuthunYankee: "Hello. How are you? MY NAME is ARNOLD HORSHACK! He had many imitators: Urkel, Screech, etc. ... But Horshack was the best. R.I.P."

Or, more specifically ...

Maverick2591: "He was one of the first television nerds who made being a nerd cool. Everything else is superfluous ... Ron was decent and passionate, and he will be missed."

We heard from a couple of people who had gotten to meet Palillo, including one person who says they work at the G-Star School for the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Palillo taught acting at the charter high school. FULL POST

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