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July 1st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/01/09

Tonight on 360°, why a public memorial for Michael Jackson won't be held at his Neverland ranch. Plus, who's named and who's not in Jackson's will. If you have a question about Jackson's estate text it to 94553. The message must start with the letters AC, and then a space, then your name and question. If you do not include AC first with a space, we will not receive your text.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
July 1st, 2009
07:38 PM ET
July 1st, 2009
07:35 PM ET

Documents: Michael Jackson's will

Michael Jackson's 2002 will, which was filed in court today, lays out who the late singer wanted to look after his three children.

Michael Jackson's 2002 will, which was filed in court today, lays out who the late singer wanted to look after his three children.

Editor's Note: Below is Michael Jackson's 2002 will that was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today by John Branca, the performer's longtime entertainment attorney and advisor. Among other things, it names legendary singer Diana Ross as the backup caregiver for Jackson's three children should his mother Katherine, the primary caregiver, pass away. For the latest on the will and the rest of the fallout from the King of Pop's death, tune in to AC360° tonight 10p ET.

Click here to read Michael Jackson's 2002 will.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Documents • Michael Jackson
July 1st, 2009
07:17 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jackson’s Wishes Revealed

Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles is the scene of a makeshift Michael Jackson memorial Wednesday.

Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles is the scene of a makeshift Michael Jackson memorial Wednesday.

Anna Duning
AC360° Intern

There’s no longer a mystery over what’s in Michael Jackson’s will. Today his lawyers were in court to file the will Jackson wrote seven years ago. Tonight, Randi Kaye will take a close look at Jackson’s wishes.

Here are some details on the will: His entire estate goes into a family trust. Grandmother Katherine Jackson is named the children’s primary guardian. Singer Diana Ross is named the secondary guardian, if needed. And, Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, gets nothing of his estimated $500 million in assets. What do you think of the will?  Share your thoughts below.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Anderson to discuss insomnia. Michael Jackson complained about it. He wasn’t alone. About 1 in 3 Americans suffer from insomnia at some point. But what’s the safest way to treat it? Did Jackson take the wrong approach which may have led to his death? Dr. Gupta has the facts on sleeping drugs you need to know.

In other news, more South Carolina’s GOP senators are calling for Governor Sanford’s resignation after he gave more details on his extra-marital affairs, but Sanford’s office insists he’s not going anywhere. Candy Crowley has the raw politics.

U.S. troops have launched a new offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan. We’ll map it out of you tonight. Plus, U.S. forces pulled out of Iraqi cities yesterday. Is the country in good hands? CNN correspondent Michael Ware will join us with a live report from Baghdad.

And, we’re tracking the news out of Iran, where a detained Newsweek journalist has made a questionable confession. Iranian state-funded TV reports Maziar Bahari has confessed that all Western journalists in the country are spies. Iranian officials just confirmed today they have Bahari in custody. He had been missing for nine days. We’ll have the latest on the crackdown.

We also have new details on the lone survivor of the plane crash in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros. Amazingly, the 13 year old girl held onto plane wreckage in the freezing waters for more than 12 hours before being rescued.

Join us for these stories and tonight on 360° live from Los Angeles starting at 10pm ET. See you then.


Filed under: 360° Radar • The Buzz
July 1st, 2009
06:17 PM ET

Video: Michael Jackson's changing face

Charlotte Triggs
People

Even after more than a dozen smash hits, Michael Jackson never shook the insecurities he developed during his childhood, when he was mercilessly teased by his father. Jackson said his dad repeatedly told him: "God, your nose is big." Hearing that, "you want to die," Jackson said in a 2003 documentary. "And on top of it, you got to go on stage ... in front of hundreds of thousands of people and, just God, it's just hard. I would've been happier wearing a mask."

In a way, he ended up doing that: Starting with a nose job in the early 1980s, Jackson radically transformed his face, although he would only ever admit to a second nose job and the skin condition vitiligo (in which pigment-producing cells are destroyed). But plastic-surgery experts say vitiligo alone would not have left his skin such an even shade and add that, based on photos, the rumors of eye lifts, cheek implants, chin work and skin bleaching likely have some credence.

Says Dr. Wallace Goodstein, who shared a practice with Jackson's former plastic surgeon in the early '90s: "There's no question he had too many inappropriate surgeries. And they didn't serve him well."

Read more...


Filed under: Michael Jackson
July 1st, 2009
06:05 PM ET
July 1st, 2009
05:29 PM ET

Beat 360º 7/1/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

David Gergen attends an event where U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about innovative non-profits programs in communities across the U.S., June 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 1st, 2009
05:06 PM ET

Jenny Sanford becomes the new political paradigm

Jenny Sanford did not stand beside her husband when he publicly admitted to having an affair.

Jenny Sanford did not stand beside her husband when he publicly admitted to having an affair.

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

After years of watching those wives stand (sadly) by their men, there was something refreshing - and real - about Jenny Sanford's decision to be far, far away from the governor's apology tour.

After all, what would she have done when he rambled on and on about his love of his "adventure trips" on the Appalachian Trail when, it turns out, he wasn't hiking?

And would she have had to sweetly smile as her husband paid homage to her as a terrific "campaign manager"?

And what affect would she have had to adopt when the governor spoke about "that whole sparking thing" - his peculiar way of describing how an e-mail relationship developed into something else?

Keep Reading...

July 1st, 2009
04:50 PM ET

Confidential DoD memo outlines problems for wounded troops

Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

While the military has instituted dozens of programs to help troubled soldiers with post traumatic stress, brain injuries, and other problems, a number of troops at Fort Hood have privately told the nation’s top military officer they feel they are treated poorly because they are wounded, ill or injured.

In an April 19 confidential memo to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, outlined a number of problems he observed during a trip to several military locations in Texas days before. CNN obtained the memo from a military source, and both the Army and Mullen staffers confirmed its authenticity.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Barbara Starr • Crime & Punishment
July 1st, 2009
04:36 PM ET

Drug analysis a multistep process

Program Note: Join us tonight on AC360º at 10 P.M. ET to hear Dr. Sanjay Gupta speak more on Michael Jackson's on-going medical examination.

For toxicology screenings, blood samples are drawn from the leg and heart, as drugs can circulate around the body.

For toxicology screenings, blood samples are drawn from the leg and heart, as drugs can circulate around the body.

Madison Park
CNN

Unlike television crime shows in which machines can instantly spit out results, toxicology testing to determine what drugs are in a person's body can be a long and painstaking process.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office estimates that toxicology tests on the body of Michael Jackson could take six to eight weeks. The results are needed to determine the singer's cause of death, a spokesman for the coroner said. The singer's autopsy last week was inconclusive, although officials said there were no indications of external trauma or foul play.

Identifying drugs in the human body requires a lengthy sequence of tests and confirmations that can take weeks and even months, forensic experts said.

Questions about the possible role of prescription medications in Jackson's death have swirled since Thursday, when the singer was found unconscious. Edward Chernoff, attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, who tried to revive Jackson at the singer's rented home, said the doctor was not aware of any prescription drug abuse by Jackson.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Medical News • Michael Jackson
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