October 18th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.  The trial is dark today.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Geithner on Capitol Hill - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner updates Congress on a series of economic issues.

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October 17th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.  The Murray trial is dark today.

Today's programming highlights...

9:25 am ET - Obama heads to North Carolina - President Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base to begin a two-day bus tour on jobs.

2:00 pm ET - Senate considers spending measure - Senate lawmakers will discuss and debate a measure that, if signed into law, would fund several Cabinet departments.

5:00 pm ET - Obama goes back to school - President Obama will discuss his jobs legislation and other issues when he speaks at a Millers Creek, North Carolina, high school.

8:00 pm ET - Herman Cain in Arizona - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses a Republican fundraising dinner in Arizona.

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


Filed under: Barack Obama • Conrad Murray • Crime • Politics
October 14th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, which is dark today.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Solyndra loan hearing - The controversial loan given to troubled solar company Solyndra is again the subject of a House Energy Committee hearing.

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October 13th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

Thursday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - South Korean president arrives at White House - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is spending the day in Washington, and he begins his day by being welcomed to the White House by President Obama.

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October 12th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial. 

Today's programming highlights...

10:15 am ET - GOP candidates address NH lawmakers - Five GOP presidential candidates will speak before the New Hampshire State Legislature in Concord.  The candidate include Gary Johnson at 10:15 am ET, Rick Santorum at 10:30 am ET, Newt Gingrich at 10:45 am ET, Herman Cain at 11:00 am ET and Rep. Michele Bachmann at 11:30 am ET.

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October 11th, 2011
07:50 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

11:45 am ET - Conrad Murray trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who's accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

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October 7th, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:45 am ET - Romney talks foreign policy - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers what's being called a "major" foreign policy speech in Charleston, South Carolina.

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No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial
A woman receives a ticket to gain access into the Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles.
October 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial

At the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles, there are no all-night lines, no fistfights, no Sharpie system like the one used by would-be spectators during Casey Anthony’s murder trial.

Trial-watching is a more orderly affair in L.A., which has a long history of sensational courtroom drama.

Spectators start showing up around 7 a.m., and it’s all over by 7:30. Unlike the Casey crowd, who were fighting over a hot ticket into the trial, these folks don’t brawl.

Why not? It’s not that Michael Jackson’s fans, who make up the vast majority of the would-be spectators, are peace-loving folks. They’re just as emotional about the case as the Casey clatchers were.

There’s just no point to acting out.

In Orlando, it was pretty much first come, first served for 50 courtroom seats, and conflict often arose over the varying definitions of “first.”

It got downright scary the night one woman showed up and started her own line, declaring herself No. 1. That did not go down well with the 50+ others who’d passed a Sharpie around to brand themselves with their numbers.

In Los Angeles, there are far fewer seats for the public, so you’d think the law of supply and demand would make the competition more intense. Ah, but L.A. has its lottery system. No matter when you show up, you’re given a ticket, and the other half is tossed in a bowl. The winning numbers are pulled out at random – so far six to nine a day.

If only they’d thought about that in Orlando, they might not have had to call the cops so many times.

“We’ve been doing this a while,” said one court spokeswoman, who offered a knowing smile and nod, but not her name.
nys lottery

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October 5th, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - New York chopper crash briefing - National Transportation Board officials discuss their probe into Tuesday's fatal helicopter crash in New York's East River.

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October 4th, 2011
07:52 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Bernanke talks economic outlook - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on America's economic outlook.

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October 3rd, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Amanda Knox trial: Kercher family briefing - Representatives for Meredith Kercher's family discuss the appeals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.

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September 30th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Friday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Florida announces primary date - Florida's secretary of state will announce when the state would like to hold its presidential primary next year, amid reports Florida is looking to hold it as early as January.

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September 29th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Washington Monument damage briefing - What was the extent of the damage the Washington Monument suffered during a recent earthquake?  The National Park Service will update the current assessment.

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September 28th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Amazon unveils tablet - Amazon is expected to unveil an iPad-like version of its Kindle e-reader in New York.

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Defense: Jackson caused his own death when Murray was away
September 27th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Defense: Jackson caused his own death when Murray was away

Editor's note: Opening statements in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson, were given in a California courtroom on Tuesday. Prosecutors contend that Murray's use of the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid led to Jackson's death. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.

Below, you'll find a running account of the opening statements. Also, a full report of the opening statements is available.

[Updated at 5:11 p.m. ET] Here are some final notes about the defense's opening statements, which finished about 20 minutes ago:

"We believe the evidence will tell you this: that Michael Jackson wanted to sleep for 10 hours ... needed to sleep, needed to succeed (at his upcoming concert series), and his doctor would not give him propofol, the drug he needed," defense attorney Ed Chernoff said.

Earlier, Chernoff told the jury that Jackson had taken an extra dose of propofol when Murray left the room where Jackson was trying to sleep. This, along with an overdose of a sedative that Chernoff says Jackson took without Murray's knowledge, killed Jackson instantly, according to Chernoff.

Before Murray left the room, Murray - who Chernoff said was trying to wean Jackson off propofol - administered to Jackson 25 milligrams of the drug, but only after Jackson begged for it after 10 hours of restlessness, Chernoff said. That amount of propofol would have dissipated - and would have had no clinical effects - by the time Murray left, Chernoff said.

"The whole thing is tragic, but the evidence is not going to show that Dr. Murray did it," he said. "Dr. Murray is an imperfect man, but in this criminal court we believe he is not guilty."

"We will ask you to acquit him," Chernoff added.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] The defense has finished its opening statements.

[Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET] The defense's opening statements have resumed following a lunch break.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff said that the 25 milligrams of propofol that he said Murray gave Jackson on the day of his death would have dissipated within 10 minutes, and that should have happened by the time Murray left the room.

Science will prove that Jackson had to have taken more propofol when Murray left the room.

"The science will prove that there had to have been more propofol delivered, provided, taken by Michael Jackson after the period of time (Murray) left that room," Chernoff said.

Chernoff said the defense's theory is that the extra delivery of that propofol "was through Michael Jackson himself."

Earlier, Chernoff said that an extra dose of propofol that he said Jackson took while Murray was out of the room, combined with an extra dose of a sedative that Chernoff said Jackson had taken without Murray's knowledge, killed Jackson.

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September 27th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - U.N. General Assembly concludes - Diplomats from Russia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Venezuela are among those scheduled to speak on the final day of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Jury chosen for trial of Michael Jackson's doctor
September 23rd, 2011
05:57 PM ET

Jury chosen for trial of Michael Jackson's doctor

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in Friday in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray (pictured), the doctor accused of having a role in singer Michael Jackson's death.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for next week.

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September 7th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Judge questions prosecution evidence in Conrad Murray trial

Evidence intended to prove Michael Jackson could not have caused his own death may not be allowed in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the judge said Wednesday.

A California appeals court Wednesday denied Murray's petition by for a stay in his trial so that the issue of jury sequestration could be reconsidered, a defense lawyer said.  The denial cleared the way for jury selection to start Thursday.

Murray's defense is built on the theory that Jackson drank propofol, the surgical anesthetic the coroner concluded killed him, while the doctor was away from his bedside on the morning of June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors want jurors to hear expert testimony based on a recent experiment conducted on six university students in Chile they argue proves there is "zero possibility that the propofol was orally ingested."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor raised questions about the experiment in a hearing Wednesday.

"I need more information about the underlying data since it is not a scientific published article," Pastor said. "I don't know the source of the information."

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On the Radar: Elizabeth Taylor, Libya criticism, Japan disaster, MJ doctor's trial
Fans have left flowers and other tributes on Elizabeth Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
March 24th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Elizabeth Taylor, Libya criticism, Japan disaster, MJ doctor's trial

Elizabeth Taylor tributes - Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday, is remembered not only for her beauty and her acting career, but also for her early AIDS activism and her sometimes overlooked time as a glamorous political wife in Washington. Recently retired CNN interviewer Larry King called his friend Taylor "a helluva woman."

Obama returns home to criticism over Libya - President Barack Obama is back in the White House after his five-day trip to Latin America. Waiting for him on his return was a letter from House Speaker John Boehner that criticizes the administration's handling of the situation in Libya. "Military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America's role is in achieving that mission," Boehner wrote. Other conservatives also criticized the conduct of the attacks, as did liberals in Congress: "We will fight in Congress to ensure the United States does not become embroiled in yet another destabilizing military quagmire in Libya with no clear exit plan or diplomatic strategy for peace," a group of them said.

Japan disaster - The level of radioactive iodine in Tokyo's water has dropped significantly, the city says, and Japan's top OB/GYN group says it's OK for pregnant and nursing women to drink it. However, Russia, Hong Kong, the United States and others are restricting Japanese food imports. Meanwhile, damage-control work has resumed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where black smoke had forced workers out on Wednesday.

Conrad Murray prosecution - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician accused of giving the late pop singer Michael Jackson a fatal dose of anesthesia. Hundreds of potential jurors will be screened in Los Angeles County Superior Court. They will be given extended questionnaires about their knowledge of the case and other issues. The trial is slated to begin May 9.

Space shuttle Endeavour - The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday in Houston ahead of next month's final mission for the spacecraft. Mark Kelly, husband of wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will command the mission, set for launch April 19 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be the 36th shuttle mission to the international space station and the final mission for Endeavour, as the shuttle program ends this year.

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On the Radar: State of the Union, MJ doctor, underwear bomber, Oscar nods
The seating arrangement for Tuesday's State of the Union address will differ markedly from last year's, pictured here.
January 25th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

On the Radar: State of the Union, MJ doctor, underwear bomber, Oscar nods

State of the Union

President Obama's State of the Union speech will emphasize "winning the future" for America by strengthening the nation's ability to compete in a changing world, according to a Democratic source. Excerpts are expected to be released by the White House a few hours before the address.

Two CNN contributors, Roland Martin and Erick Erickson, offer their opinions on what the president should say:

Martin: "What is needed Tuesday in the State of the Union address isn't lofty ideals but clearly established priorities to get this nation moving again."

Erickson: "I will personally be interested to hear Obama's suggestions for entitlement reform and whether he will lead substantively with suggestions or say he wants reform while offering little on exactly what changes he wants. ... Obama will also need to address Afghanistan."

Watch for who sits with whom in Obama's audience. As members of Congress pair off to show bipartisan unity in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, even Rep. Joe ("You lie!") Wilson plans to sit with a couple of Democratic colleagues during the speech.

Opposition response

The official Republican response to Obama's address will be delivered by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin). To accentuate the GOP's emphasis on fiscal responsibility, Ryan will speak from the Budget Committee room in the Cannon House Office Building. The GOP response will start exactly five minutes after the president leaves the House chamber.

A second response, from the conservative Tea Party wing, will come from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), five minutes after Ryan finishes. Bachmann is the founder of the first Tea Party Caucus in Congress and has been a supporter of the Tea Party since its inception.

Guantanamo detainee sentencing

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani could face life behind bars following a landmark case that made him the first Guantanamo detainee tried in U.S. civilian court. The former bodyguard and cook for Osama bin Laden faces sentencing Tuesday after he was convicted on one charge in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The 36-year-old Tanzanian was convicted by a federal jury in November on a single conspiracy charge to destroy buildings and U.S. property in a pair of attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison but could be handed a life sentence, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

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