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Court denies bid for new trial in Michael Jackson case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a jury’s decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts is not financially responsible for his death. The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued its ruling on Friday, a week after attorneys for Katherine Jackson argued for a new trial. Continue reading

‘Suge’ Knight arrested for murder

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DA: May be illegal for mayor to give ‘Undercover Boss’ money

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The district attorney says it may have been illegal for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to give money to city employees as part of his appearance on the CBS show “Undercover Boss.” Peduto pledged to give $155,000 to four needy city employees during his appearance on the show last month. Peduto has said the money will come from private donors, though at least one agency — VisitPittsburgh — gets some of its money from taxpayers. But Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala tells KDKA-TV (http://cbsloc.al/164ulFb ) — the local CBS affiliate — that if any of the money came from tax dollars, the gifts could be illegal Continue reading

Is Mitt Romney running for president?

By STEVE PEOPLES WASHINGTON (AP) — Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters Friday about his plans for the 2016 campaign. The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee will host a conference call with supporters at 11 a.m Continue reading

Israeli conductor collapses at Swiss concert, dies

BERLIN (AP) — Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died. Yinon was conducting a piece by Richard Strauss on Thursday night when he collapsed, said Marc Reinhardt, a spokesman for the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, whose students were performing. Reinhardt told The Associated Press on Friday an audience member tried to save Yinon, but he died in the ambulance on his way to a hospital Continue reading

Cardinals’ Peterson wins Madden Bowl over Eagles’ McCoy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rain drenched the Madden Bowl party but didn’t keep partygoers from being glued to the action on screens and mingling with the NFL stars in attendance. Continue reading

Elderly residents die in blizzard-hit Massachusetts; death toll at least four

(Reuters) – An elderly man and woman found dead outside their homes in separate coastal Massachusetts communities were likely victims of a massive blizzard that hit New England earlier this week, police said on Thursday. Olive Dupuis, 84, was found dead Thursday morning next to her car, near her home in the coastal city of Salem, north of Boston, police lieutenant Matt Desmond said, adding weather was likely a factor with sub-freezing temperatures and snow Continue reading

Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for Marion “Suge” Knight says the Death Row Records founder was at the wheel of a car that struck two men, killing one, in a Los Angeles suburb. The accident in Compton occurred shortly before 3 p.m Continue reading

AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

FILE – In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Missy Elliott is going to “Work It” at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry. A person familiar with the plans for Sunday’s halftime show tells The Associated Press that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry’s performance, Thursday, Jan. Continue reading

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, said his half brother, Edward McKuen Habib Continue reading