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July 6th, 2009
05:10 PM ET

Who’s performing at Jackson’s memorial?

A fan leaves a note on a Michael Jackson memorial outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

A fan leaves a note on a Michael Jackson memorial outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

AC360°

The Jackson family today announced the participants at Michael jackson’s memorial service tomorrow at the Staples Center:

Here’s a preliminary list:

  • Ron Boyd (family friend)
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Mariah Carey
  • Andrae Crouch Choir
  • Berry Gordy
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain’s Got Talent)
  • Magic Johnson
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Bernice A. King
  • John Mayer
  • Lionel Richie
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Brooke Shields
  • Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend)
  • Usher
  • Stevie Wonder

The public relations agency representing the Jackson family says this list is preliminary and subject to change.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Michael Jackson
July 6th, 2009
04:47 PM ET
July 6th, 2009
04:42 PM ET

N. Carolina shooting stirs interest in S. Carolina serial killings

Police say the murder scenes are linked and they are searching for a man resembling this sketch.

Police say the murder scenes are linked and they are searching for a man resembling this sketch.

CNN

Police in Gaston County, North Carolina, shot and killed a suspect during a possible robbery early Monday, then called in police from South Carolina who have been chasing a serial killer.

There was "evidence in regard to the man that was shot," said Capt. Joe Ramey of the Gaston County Police Department.

He did not give specifics, and he said he could not state for certain that the suspect had a link to the serial killer case.

Gaston County is about 33 miles northeast of Gaffney, South Carolina. Police say a serial killer in the Gaffney area has killed five people since late June.

Police in Cherokee County, which includes Gaffney, had issued a basic description of the killer and said he may be driving a Ford Explorer from the early 1990s.

Video from outside the home in North Carolina on Monday showed a vehicle that seemed to match that general description.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
July 6th, 2009
04:40 PM ET

U.S. says it won’t dictate to Israel

Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments on Israel worried some law-makers.

Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments on Israel worried some law-makers.

Charley Keyes
CNN Senior Producer

The State Department carefully steered through new questions Monday over whether the United States would approve an Israeli attack on Iran to disrupt its nuclear program.

Vice President Joe Biden revved up the issue Sunday when he said the United States can’t dictate to Israel. "Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," Biden said on ABC’s “This Week.”

State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly Monday said: “Our goal here is to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. When I say ‘our” it is just not the United States –it is the international community.”

“Israel is a sovereign country. We are not going to dictate its actions. We also are committed to Israel’s security and we share Israel’s deep concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.”

Could this be interpreted as the U.S. flashing a  green light for Israel, the number-one recipient of U.S. aid, to attack Iran’s nuclear sites?  “I certainly would not want to give a green-light to any kind of military action,” Kelly said.


Filed under: Iran • Israel • Vice President
July 6th, 2009
02:32 PM ET

Liz Taylor declines invitation to speak at Jackson's public memorial

A long-time friend to Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor is confined to a wheelchair because of her scoliosis.

A long-time friend to Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor is confined to a wheelchair because of her scoliosis.

Alan Duke
CNN

Elizabeth Taylor declined an invitation to speak about her friend Michael Jackson at his public memorial because she "cannot be part of the public whoopla," the legendary actress said in an online message Monday.

Taylor, 77, posted the message on her Twitter.com account - DameElizabeth - saying she was invited to speak at the Staples Center memorial in Los Angeles set for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others," Taylor tweeted. "How I feel is between us. Not a public event."

Taylor, who uses a wheelchair because of scoliosis, or abnormal curving of the spine, said she would not attend the public memorial.

"I certainly don't want to become a part of it," she said. "I love him too much."

She added, "And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word."

Her publicist, Dick Guttman, confirmed the messages were from Taylor, who regularly posts short messages to her 75,000 Twitter followers.

Guttman could not say if Taylor planned to attend the private memorial service set 8 a.m. Tuesday at a Los Angeles cemetery.

Taylor posted several tweets Sunday about Jackson, including one aimed at shooting down tabloid reports that his death had sent her into a deep depression.

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Filed under: Michael Jackson • Twitter
July 6th, 2009
01:41 PM ET

Who's in charge as Obama visits Russia?

President Obama prepares to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Monday.

President Obama prepares to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Monday.

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

President Obama arrived in Moscow on Monday for a summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev aimed at trying to "reset" the U.S.-Russian relationship. But he also may have a less publicized goal: figuring out who's really in charge here.

When Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, engaged in his first summit with his Russian counterpart, things took an odd turn. Bush said — now infamously — that he looked into then-President Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw into his soul, and basically found he was a good guy that Americans could do business with. Oops. The Bush-Putin relationship ended up getting pretty chilly, which is why the new U.S. president is now trying to warm things up.

Obama gets his first shot at literally looking into Putin's eyes Tuesday, when he has a sitdown with the man who is now prime minister of Russia, a post that many international analysts believe allows Putin to continue to pull the strings behind the scenes.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Ed Henry • President Barack Obama • Russia
July 6th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
July 6th, 2009
12:05 PM ET

Morning Buzz: All eyes on LA

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson is anchoring from the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight, where preparations for Michael Jackson’s memorial service tomorrow are under way. It is shaping up to be a huge international event. Last night, 8,750 tickets were distributed to people who were chosen from a lottery. Can you imagine the logistics involved in getting ready for this service?

Meanwhile, the investigation into Jackson’s death continues – the LAPD has executed at least three search warrants to determine if medication was responsible for his death and at least five doctors are under investigation. We’ll have more on the service and new developments in the investigation tonight.

Why did she do it? Over the weekend many fellow conservatives admitted they were “shocked” by Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to resign. While there is growing speculation as to what prompted the move, one thing is certain – no one knows for sure. The FBI says it’s not investigating Palin on public corruption charges and reports say growing criticism was taking its toll on her.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
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