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  • Rodney King, whose beating led to LA riots, dies

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Just a few months ago, Rodney King was once again the center of attention as the world checked back in on the man whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the nation's worst race riots. King had left Los Angeles behind, moving an hour east to a home where neighbors would often hear him splashing in the pool late at night. AP Photo/Courtesy of KTLA Los Angeles, George Holliday This March 3, 1991 image made from video provided by KTLA Los Angeles shows police officers beating a man, later identified as...

  • Coroner seeking Houston medical, pharmacy records

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County coroner's office has issued subpoenas for medical and pharmacy records from Whitney Houston's doctors and medical providers, which is standard procedure in such investigations, an official said. AP Photo/Nick Ut News vans line the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office where Whitney Houston's body remains in Los Angeles, Monday2. Coroner's officials said they will not release any information on an autopsy performed Sunday at the request of police detectives investigating... Full story

  • Whitney Houston recalled as happy in days before death

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston's last days were spent surrounded by family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was best known for: singing. Her death Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room came hours before she was scheduled to appear at an annual pre-Grammy party that introduced her to the industry decades ago and was expected to honor the six-time Grammy winner. AP Photo/Eric Jamison In this Sept. 15, 2004 photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at...

  • Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars. Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring for Jackson. Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three children... Full story

  • Guard describes scene in room where Jackson found

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, LINDA DEUTSCH - LINDA DEUTSCH

    LOS ANGELES — The last days of Michael Jackson's life were filled with the adulation of fans, a rehearsal performance onlookers described as amazing and intense preparations for his big comeback in London. AP Photo/Nick Ut Michael Jackson fans hold signs outside court Wednesday during the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los Angeles. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death. In go...

  • Defense: Jackson gave himself fatal dose of drug

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that Michael Jackson was killed by the actions of his personal physician, who used a dangerous anesthetic without adequate safeguards and botched recovery efforts when he found the singer unconscious. Defense attorneys countered that Jackson caused his own death by taking the drug propofol after his doctor left the room in a desperate attempt to overcome his chronic inability to sleep. AP Photo/Reed Saxon Randy Jackson and Janet Jackson arrive asthe involuntary manslaughter...

  • Peter Falk, TV's rumpled Columbo, has died

    ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in "Columbo," which spanned 30 years in prime-time television and established one of the most iconic characters in movie police work, has died. He was 83. Falk died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement released Friday by family friend Larry Larson. AP Photo/Nick Ut, file In this Sept. 16, 1990 file photo, actor Peter Falk gestures as he accepts his the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama for...

  • Lindsay Lohan says she's glad theft case resolved

    Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES — A lawyer entered a no contest plea Wednesday for Lindsay Lohan in the theft of a necklace, setting the stage for a summer of confinement, counseling and community service. Defense attorney Shawn Holley made the plea for the actress, who did not appear in court in the misdemeanor case involving a $2,500 necklace taken from an upscale shop in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Lohan, 24, did not acknowledge guilt through the plea, but the court will log the case as a conviction. She said later in the day in a... Full story

  • $430k Love settlement shows tweets can be costly

    ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

    $430k Love settlement shows tweets can be costly ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Courtney Love's settlement of a case sparked by online attacks on a fashion designer show that while Twitter posts may be short, they can also be costly. The singer has agreed to pay Dawn Simorangkir $430,000, plus interest, to settle a lawsuit the designer filed in March 2009 over comments Love made on Twitter and her MySpace blog. While the case didn't go to a jury, First Amendment experts say it highlights the need... Full story