Michael Jackson public viewing set for Friday Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

Michael Jackson’s body will return to his Neverland Ranch on Thursday morning for a public viewing Friday, CNN has learned. A private memorial service is scheduled for Sunday.Also, a Jackson will, written in 2002, has been found, according to family lawyer Londell McMillan.

It was not immediately clear whether Jackson’s body would be interred at Neverland. He purchased the Neverland Ranch, north of Santa Barbara, in 1987 and filled it with animals and amusement rides. He lived at the property until soon after his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.

He later ran into financial problems with Neverland but retained a stake in it at the time of his death June 25.


Madonna Nude in London Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 


In 1979 an unknown twenty year old dancer Madonna Ciccone posed nude for just $30.

The snap was taken of the Like A Virgin star when she was trying to ply a trade as a model prior to her pop days.Thirty years later, the pic is going on display in London as part of Impure Art’s Madonna Nudes exhibition.

In 1979 the as yet unknown Madonna posed nude for New York Photographer, Martin Schreiber, for only $30. Years later, when she was a pop icon, the shots appeared in Playboy catapulting him to fame. The original photographs are now available in the UK, exclusively from the Impure Art Gallery, along with copies of the original Playboy magazine, books, postcards and posters of the show.The original photos are now on sale in the UK from Impure Art in Brighton until 28th June and from 2-19th July at 19 Earlham Street, London, WC2.

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At least 27 killed in Iraq market bombing Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

BAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities.

This Is It-michael Final mantra Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

That was the eerie backdrop onstage for Michael Jackson’s final performance, a June 23rd rehearsal for his upcoming “This Is It” tour.In photos from the rehearsal just released, the 50-year-old singer appears fit, looking no different than he did in any of the performances that help make the singer the King of Pop.


‘Michael Jackson performed in what would be his final rehearsal on Tuesday June 23, 2009.

“When he hit the stage at rehearsal, I was thrilled that the magical Michael Jackson was back,” the photographer who took Jackson’s final performance photos, Kevin Mazur, told the New York Post. “I felt the same adrenaline rush as when I photographed him the first time moonwalking.”

France ‘banned Yemen crash plane’ Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

A Yemeni airline which crashed into the Indian Ocean was banned from France in 2007 because of “irregularities”, France’s transport minister has said. Dominique Bussereau told parliament of ongoing concerns about the safety record of the Yemenia Airbus 310.

In Paris, Mr Bussereau told legislators that the Yemenia Airbus 310 which crashed was not permitted to fly into France.A few years ago, we banned this plane from national territory because we believed it presented a certain number of irregularities in its technical equipment,” Mr Bussereau told parliament.

One Child Found Alive in Indian Ocean Jet Crash Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

A five-year-old child has been found alive, hours after a Yemeni airliner crashed in the Indian Ocean with more than 150 people on board.Some bodies have also been recovered from the wreckage of the plane.The Yemenia Airbus 310 flight IY626 was flying from the Yemeni capital Sanaa, but many passengers on the plane began their journey in France.

Survivor Found After Jet Crash in Indian Ocean Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 


SAN’A, Yemen —  A passenger jet from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed in the Indian Ocean early Tuesday as it tried to land during heavy wind on the island nation of Comoros, a Yemeni aviation official said.

One survivor was rescued from the sea off the Comoros where the aircraft crashed, a Yemenia Air official told Agence France-Presse. Bodies were spotted floating off the coast and a Comoros police official said three had been recovered so far.

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Cybercrime spreads on Facebook Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world’s top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.Lisa Severens, a clinical trials manager from Worcester, Massachusetts, learned the hard way. A virus took control of her laptop and started sending pornographic photos to colleagues.

“I was mortified about having to deal with it at work,” said Severens, whose employer had to replace her computer because the malicious software could not be removed. Cybercrime, which costs U.S. companies and individuals billions of dollars a year, is spreading fast on Facebook because such scams target and exploit those naive to the dark side of social networking, security experts say.

Yemen jet crashes in Indian Ocean Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 


A Yemenia Air plane carrying 153 people from the Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen to the island nation of Comoros has crashed in the Indian Ocean, a Yemen airport official said Tuesday.”The plane has crashed and we still don’t know exactly where. We think it’s in the area of Mitsamiouli,” Comoros Vice-President Idi Nadhoim told Reuters.

An airline official confirmed to Reuters that 142 passengers and 11 crew were aboard the Airbus 310 traveling from the Yemen capital San’a to Moroni, on the main island of Grand Comore.Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA, said the plane probably came down 3 to 6 miles from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilized to start searching.

“We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach,” Kassim told Reuters. “The weather is really not very favorable. The sea is very rough.” An official told The Associated Press most of the passengers on the plane were believed to be Comoros residents returning from Paris.

The Comoros is an archipelago of three main islands situated about 1,800 miles south of Yemen, between Africa’s southeastern coast and Madagascar.

Michael Jackson: 1958 – 2009(Face Of Change) Monday, Jun 29 2009 



Michael Jackson, 13, was the youngest member of the Jackson 5.



‘Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 during the 1977 American Music Awards



Michael Jackson won three American Music Awards in 1980.



‘Michael Jackson is seen backstage at the 26th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1984.



‘Michael Jackson appears at the American Cinema Award gala on Jan. 9, 1987, in Beverly Hills, Calif



‘Michael Jackson as seen in New York in 1992.



‘Michael Jackson performs during a show at the National Stadium in Singapore during his 1993 Dangerous tour.



‘Michael Jackson smiles for cameras at the announcement of nominations for the 1995 MTV Video Awards in New York City on July 25, 1995.



‘Michael Jackson gives an interview to the Associated Press in Detroit on July 8, 1998.



‘Michael Jackson arrives at the G & P Foundation for Cancer Research's Angel Ball on Nov 30, 2000, in New York.



Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County courthouse in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 27, 2005



‘Michael Jackson poses in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 2007.



Michael Jackson at a press conference in London on March 5, 2009.

Madoff victims speak in court Monday, Jun 29 2009 


Dominic Ambrosino and his wife Ronnie Sue lost money in Madoff

Bernard Madoff has been given the maximum sentence of 150 years for masterminding the biggest self-confessed fraud in US history.

During a hearing to decide his sentence, ten of Madoff’s victims told the court in emotional terms of the affect the $65bn (£40bn) crime had had on their lives.


He stole from the rich. He stole from the poor. He stole from the in-between. He had no values.His was a violent crime without the use of a tangible weapon.My life will never be the same. I am financially ruined and will worry every day about how I will take care of my wife.


Life has been a living hell. It feels like the nightmare we can’t wake from.


The man sitting in this courtroom robbed me. He discarded me like road-kill.Forgiveness for now will have to come from someone other than me.


I was introduced to Bernard Madoff 21 years ago at a business meeting. I now view that day as perhaps the unluckiest day of my life. This beast who I call Madoff. He walks among us. He dresses like us… but underneath the facade is a true beast.He is an equal-opportunity destroyer.


I can remember the exact second my wife told me the news. The fall-out from having your entire life savings robbed from right under your nose is like nothing you can describe.

Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison Monday, Jun 29 2009 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison on Monday for perpetrating the biggest and most brazen investment fraud in Wall Street history.The courtroom erupted in cheers and applause as U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin imposed the maximum possible prison sentence on the 71-year-old defendant.

Madoff stood facing the judge with his hands clasped in front of him as he learned his fate. “The fraud here was staggering,” Chin said, after listening to angry statements from some of Madoff’s victims.

Before his sentencing, Madoff addressed the court. “I cannot offer you an excuse for my behavior,” he said, speaking in a calm voice. “How do you excuse betraying thousands of investors who entrusted me with their life savings?

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Darul Uloom Deoband against legalising gay sex Monday, Jun 29 2009 

A leading Islamic seminary has opposed Centre’s move to repeal a controversial Section of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality saying unnatural sex is against the tenets of Islam.

“Homosexuality is offence under Shariat Law and haram (prohibited) in Islam,” Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi said.Madrasi also asked the government not to repeal Section 377 of IPC.

His objection came a day after Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said a decision on repealing the section would be taken only after considering concerns of all sections of the society, including religious groups like the church.

Spokesman: Custody of Jackson Children Likely to Go to Singer’s Mother Monday, Jun 29 2009 

jackson children

Jackson children,Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. also known as Prince

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is taking care of the singer’s three children and the family will go to court Monday in part to protect her rights to custody, the family’s spokesman said Monday.

Londell McMillan, the Jacksons’ attorney, said the family hasn’t heard from Deborah Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, about custody.”I don’t think there will be anybody who thinks that there is someone better” than Katherine Jackson to have custody, McMillan said on NBC’s “Today” show. “She is a very loving host of other grandchildren.”

Jackson left behind three children: Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael II, 7. The youngest son was born to a surrogate mother.

Madoff can expect de facto life term at sentencing Monday, Jun 29 2009 


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Admitted thief Bernard Madoff will leave his jail cell and be taken under guard to court on Monday morning to hear his punishment for running Wall Street’s biggest and most brazen investment scheme.

A U.S. judge is expected to sentence Madoff, 71, to an effective life term in prison during an emotional court hearing starting at 10 a.m. EDT, in which some of his defrauded investors will describe the shock of losing their life savings.

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