Defiant al Fayed puts Michael Jackson statue outside soccer stadium
Fulham Football Club owner Mohamed al Fayed says fans who don't like his statue of Michael Jackson can start cheering for a different team.
April 3rd, 2011
11:46 PM ET

Defiant al Fayed puts Michael Jackson statue outside soccer stadium

London’s Fulham Football Club is now home to a 15-foot-tall memorial to Michael Jackson. And soccer fans who don’t like it can "go to hell," the club's owner said Sunday.

Fulham owner Mohamed al Fayed on Sunday unveiled a statue of the King of Pop on the grounds of the soccer club’s Craven Cottage stadium in London before Fulham’s English Premier League match against Blackpool, the Daily Mail reported.

Al Fayed, an Egyptian businessman who once owned London’s famed Harrods department store, counted Jackson as a friend. He was going to put the statue at Harrods until he sold the store in 2010, according to The Sun.

Sensing criticism for erecting a statue of a man who had little discernible connection to the club - Jackson once attended a match in 1999, according to The Sun - he essentially told critics to beat it.

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Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0
Lady Gaga emerges from her egg to perform at Sunday's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
February 14th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Grammys 53.0

Paging Dr. Dre - If book club kept you from catching the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night, fret not. We've condensed the entire ceremony into two minutes. Just add water and get ready to Google Arcade Fire.

The Grammys is an opportunity for musicians who are known for dressing strange to take it up a notch, or twelve. This year's red carpet did not disappoint. Rihanna showed up as a pipe cleaner, Lady Gaga hatched with horns, Katy Perry flashed plumage and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo accessorized with a tasteful placement of his new self-help book. Did anyone tell these people they would have to sit for three hours?

The future of Bieber - So, chances are you spent a good portion of the evening and this morning cursing the gods of music for robbing Justin Bieber of music's greatest honor. Don't worry. Some of pop's biggest stars think he'll be just fine. Music elite weigh in on where Bieber fever might be in a decade.

Bieber beater - Before you send that email to the editor of Tiger Beat complaining about Bieber's highway robbery, take a look at the woman who did win "Best New Artist." Here name is Esperanza Spalding, and she might just have you singing a different tune.

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Dr. Conrad Murray demands speedy trial in Michael Jackson case
Dr. Conrad Murray, right, sits beside his lawyer Edward M. Chernoff at his arraignment Tuesday in Superior Court in Los Angeles, California.
January 25th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray demands speedy trial in Michael Jackson case

Dr. Conrad Murray invoked his right to a speedy trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson, requiring the case to begin by March 28.

"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray said after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked him to enter a plea during his arraignment Tuesday.

"What's your plea?" Pastor asked again.

"Not guilty," Murray said.

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Manslaughter case against Jackson doctor Conrad Murray will go to trial
Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, is accused of causing his death from an overdose of prescription drugs.
January 11th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Manslaughter case against Jackson doctor Conrad Murray will go to trial

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson will be sent to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor also prohibited Murray from using his California medical license until the trial is completed. The state medical board requested that be made a provision of his bail.

While Michael Jackson was Murray's only and last California patient, Murray's lawyer argued a suspension in one state would prompt Texas and Nevada, where he sees patients, to also take action.

Pastor denied the prosecution's request to increase Murray's bail, which is now set at $75,000.

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Coroner's investigator testifies about propofol in Jackson's room
Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to go to trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
January 7th, 2011
08:44 PM ET

Coroner's investigator testifies about propofol in Jackson's room

A coroner's investigator testified Friday that she recovered a dozen bottles of propofol from the closet of Michael Jackson's bedroom, including an empty bottle found on the floor near his bed.

Propofol is the surgical anesthetic that the Los Angeles County coroner concluded killed Jackson when it was combined with sedatives given the pop star to help him.

Seven pill bottles containing prescription sedatives were found on the nightstand next to the bed where Jackson was sleeping, Coroner's Investigator Elissa Fleak said.

Fleak was the 16th witness to testify in the preliminary hearing to decide if the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray will go to trial.  The hearing is expected to last two or three weeks with 20 to 30 witnesses.

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On the Radar: Michael Jackson hearing, snowstorm part deux, Obama's E-team
Dr. Conrad Murray, right, and a defense lawyer attend an April hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
January 7th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Michael Jackson hearing, snowstorm part deux, Obama's E-team

Girlfriend of Jackson's doctor set to take stand - Dr. Conrad Murray's girlfriend is expected to testify Friday on the fourth day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether the physician should be tried on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of singer Michael Jackson.

Thursday's testimony revealed that Murray placed a two-minute cell phone call to Nicole Alvarez from inside an ambulance as paramedics worked to revive Jackson during the ride to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there is probable cause to send Murray's case to trial. The hearing is expected to last two or three weeks with 20 to 30 witnesses.

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On the Radar: Two Mega Millions winners, new Congress, female fighters in Gaza
Two people matched all six Mega Millions numbers and will split $355 million.
January 5th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

On the Radar: Two Mega Millions winners, new Congress, female fighters in Gaza

Who won the lottery? - That question seems to be on everyone's mind after it was announced that two tickets, one sold in Idaho and another in Washington state, matched all six numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

Early Wednesday nearly every Google trend dealt with the lottery. Now all people want to know is who are the two lucky people who will split the $355 million jackpot. So far, lottery officials haven't identified them. But once they do, their names are likely to become well-known.

Congress goes back to work - The new Congress convenes Wednesday, and the initial focus for Republicans, fresh off their 2010 midterm election victories, will start off symbolic, with the legislative meat to be served later.

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Witness: Michael Jackson's doctor seemed not to know CPR
Conrad Murray attends hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial for Michael Jackson's death.
January 4th, 2011
07:33 PM ET

Witness: Michael Jackson's doctor seemed not to know CPR

Dr. Conrad Murray seemed not to know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation as he waited for paramedics to arrive at Michael Jackson's house, a witness at Murray's preliminary hearing testified Tuesday.

Former Jackson security chief Faheem Muhammed said he and and guard Alberto Alvarez saw Murray crouched next to Jackson's bed "in a panicked state asking, 'Does anyone know CPR?'"

"I looked at Alberto because we knew Dr. Murray was a heart surgeon, so we were shocked," Muhammed said.

When defense lawyer Ed Chernoff asked if perhaps Murray was only asking for help because he was tired, Muhammed said "The way that he asked it is as if he didn't know CPR."

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On the Radar: Navy video fallout, Conrad Murray, CES, more Lohan trouble?
Capt. Owen Honors was second-in-command of the USS Enterprise when the videos were played. He is now the commander.
January 4th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

On the Radar: Navy video fallout, Conrad Murray, CES, more Lohan trouble?

Navy's raunchy video fallout - The Navy is investigating how a series of raunchy videos, full of sexual innuendo and anti-gay remarks, was produced and shown to a crew while on deployment. And as the investigation continues, a debate also is taking place about whether the high-ranking Navy officer in question should keep his position.

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

Conrad Murray's hearing - We'll find out in the next few weeks if Michael Jackson's former doctor will stand trial in connection with Jackson's death. Murray's hearing begins Tuesday. We examine whether the doctor's lawyers may argue the King of Pop actually killed himself.

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Monday’s intriguing people
December 13th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Monday’s intriguing people

John Boehner

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner shared his thoughts about President Obama, his humble upbringing, his political style, and even his skin color and emotions on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.

“Everybody who knows me knows that I get emotional about certain things,” the Ohio Republican said. And he demonstrated what moved him to tears. When it came to the topic of the American dream, Boehner choked up. “There are some things that are very difficult to talk about,” he said. “Family, kids, I can’t go to a school anymore. … Can’t talk about it.”

Why? Because it’s important to make sure that kids “have a shot at the American dream, like I did,” he said with a sob.

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about Boehner tearing up on election night (pictured above) in November. In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi said, “You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills.”

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September 16th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

On the Radar: Pope's UK visit, tropical weather, Jackson

Pope's UK visit - Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests. Asked about the sexual abuse, the pope said it was inexplicable to him how a priest who has promised at his ordination to act in the person of Christ, as a good shepherd, could "fall into this perversion," CNS reported.

As the visit takes place, we'll be looking at several angles to the story including why the pope is making the visit to the UK; the stories of victims who urged Pope Benedict XVI to turn over information on abuse claims; a look at media reaction surrounding the visit; and the story of a woman who, by the end of the day, will have been blessed by two popes. We'll also be looking for your reactions and thoughts on the visits over at iReport. And you can check out our Belief Blog for even more coverage of the event.

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June 25th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, storms, Jackson's death

Gulf oil disaster - Downtrodden Gulf Coast residents may soon have something besides the oil spill to worry about. But it's not really a "new" threat - it's what they fret about every summer: tropical weather. There is a 70 percent chance that a weather system in the western Caribbean will better organize and form at least a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning. Costs associated with the Gulf oil disaster have gone up more than $300 million in less than a week, BP said Friday. The threat of a hurricane being added to the mix could cause major concerns - and more damage. We'll be keeping an eye on the storm and the oil in the Gulf for the latest developments.

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June 25th, 2010
09:14 AM ET

Michael Jackson's dad to file wrongful death suit against doctor

Michael Jackson's father will file a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star's death, Joe Jackson's lawyer said.

The suit alleges that Murray gave paramedics and doctors false information about what drugs Michael Jackson had been given and hindered efforts to revive him in an ambulance and at UCLA Medical Center, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNN.

The suit said "other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death" would be added, but that the plaintiff "has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility."

A complaint filed by Joe Jackson with the California medical board this month also named AEG, the company that was producing his son's comeback concerts

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April 6th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

AG: Medical board to take action against Conrad Murray

The California Medical Board will start its own process to strip Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical license, state Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday.

A judge delayed until June the medical board's request to suspend Murray's license as a condition of his bond on a charge in the death of Michael Jackson.

Brown wrote in a court filing last month that Murray's treatment of Jackson "demonstrated a serious lack of judgment that should prohibit him from practicing medicine."

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April 5th, 2010
07:28 AM ET

On the Radar: Tiger Woods, earthquake, Conrad Murray

Tiger Woods tees off during his first practice round Monday in Augusta, Georgia.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Tiger Woods' return - Golfing phenom Tiger Woods plans to return to the Masters on Monday, his first major tournament since he wrecked his car under unusual circumstances in November. Woods admitted to having extramarital affairs. Now he's back on the golf course. He was scheduled to practice Monday morning and give a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.

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April 5th, 2010
01:13 AM ET

Michael Jackson's doctor to return to court

Michael Jackson's last doctor may learn Monday whether his California medical license will be suspended while he faces trial in the pop star's death.

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March 29th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Lawyer: Michael Jackson's heart beat at hospital

Medical records showed Michael Jackson's heart beat briefly at a hospital emergency room, but he was "long gone" by  then, a lawyer for Jackson's father said.

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March 23rd, 2010
07:40 PM ET

California AG wants Jackson doctor to stop practicing

California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for governor in that state, has filed documents with the court to prevent Dr. Conrad Murray from practicing medicine until criminal proceedings regarding his actions around singer Michael Jackson's death are complete.

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March 22nd, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Report: Jackson's doctor stopped CPR to pick up vials

[Updated, 8:22 p.m.] Murray, the pop star's personal physician, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

The Los Angeles coroner concluded Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication."

Murray told investigators he gave Jackson propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to help him sleep. The defense spokeswoman said "we can only assume" the investigation report was leaked by prosecutors since it was not done by the defense.

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March 16th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Deal opens way for new Michael Jackson albums

Dozens of Michael Jackson songs never heard before by fans will be released in 10 new albums over the next seven years, starting in November, according to a source close to the transaction.

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