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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  1. Rich

    There's a line? (yawn)

    July 7, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anna

    XD Who the hell set the lines up that freaking early? Seven freaking days? Thats ridiculous!

    July 7, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Potter Fan

    I hope they don't kill off Hermoine and Harry, like in the book. 😦

    July 7, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      What book did you read?

      July 7, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. HELEN G

    Im super looking forward too the HP movie. I may not watch it though. If i dont it will be almost like the series never ended.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. HELEN G

    I know that doesnt make any sense though. Sometimes I am odd. . . . . I hope Casey Anthony will be safe. She was found not guilty. I think she did it but also think we should respect our courts decision.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. On the Raidare

    The world's # 1 exporter of WMD's has been the USA for decades. But what about small arms? Who exports AND imports roughly 3/4 of the worlds handguns and small arms? The same. The peace-seeking Americans. Keeping the world safe again. Someday, the entire planet will be at peace...thanks in part to "God bless America" exporting peacemakers like they're going out of style. Like beating ones swords into plowshears so that they can be melted down to make more advanced weaponry.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. michaelfury

    Remember 7/7?


    July 7, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Justice?

    Unless an system of justice is based on getting to the truth RATHER than being based on opinion, OJ's and Anthony's will prevail. The entire courtroom should be focused on getting at the truth...Judges, DA's, even defense attorneys should be desiring truth rather than a favorable opinion. Once everyone is focused on truth, the guilty would stick-out like a sore thumb. For a guilty person isn't after the truth that exposes him. He's after a crooked opinion of himself and what he's done.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Justice?

    Everyone who enters a courtroom should be sworn-in. Judges, District Attorney's, Defense Lawyers, The Jury, even the audience should be sworn-in. Because under our current system, only YOU, the one on the stand, is sworn-in. The others are all licenced to lie.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Professor Wartlesworth Gigantobottom

    I heard that the movie breaks away from the constraints of the book and features Harry, Hermione, and Ron being immediately captured by Waldemart and being tortured by Crucio for 3 hours straight before dying horribly. Can't wait to see it!

    July 7, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason Gallant

      That must be why your last name is Gigantobottom.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. TruthSeeker/Knower

    Read the REAL story of good and evil people. The Holy Bible, not some occultic mumbo jumbo.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • IQ

      Do you have a solid proof what you just posted!!?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kay

    Boy, it must be great to have nothing to do other than stand in line for days for the sake of a children's movie.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. IQ

    I wonder why the IQ is getting lower and lower, day by day!!

    July 7, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. CSnSC

    What goes into the sea of Cortez at night in summer becomes food for Humbolt squid. Look it up.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. why Potter is popular

    Because he rejects morality in favor of magic. He favors witchcraft over an hard-work ethic. He will never have to work for a living, the new 'American Dream' today's youngsters long for.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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