Jacko doc lawyers granted trial delay
LOS ANGELES. The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor was delayed until September at the request of defense attorneys.
The judge in the case agreed to give Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense attorneys more time to seek and prepare expert medical witnesses.
Supermodel Carla fans baby rumors
PARIS. French first lady Carla Bruni fanned rumors she is pregnant, fending off inquiries with the words: “My lips are sealed to protect something.” Asked by a reporter if the answer would be known six months from now, Bruni giggled and said “Yes.”
Georgia issues first storm-cost estimate
ATLANTA. Georgia estimates the cost of insured losses from storms last week at $75 million, the state insurance department said yesterday.
The storms killed 350 people in seven states in the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Bin Laden boost to dollar later lost
NEW YORK. Oil slipped yesterday as investors weighed the effect on crude prices from news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. Brokers also said the U.S. dollar's initial bounce after news of bin Laden's death did not alter the factors that pushed the dollar to three-year lows.
Mitt keeps his cards close to his chest
WASHINGTON. Likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts, is skipping the first debate with his rivals in South Carolina this week, an aide said yesterday. The aide pointed out that the candidacy race has yet to be formally declared.
Sony Online hit by second hack attack
NEW YORK. Sony Online Entertainment, a unit that makes role-play games, suspended service after discovering a hacker gained access to its systems in the second such attack on the parent company’s entertainment networks.
Sony yesterday said it took its network down on Sunday night.
Blackberry’s fresh bid to fight iPhone
ORLANDO. Research In Motion introduced two touch-screen Blackberry handsets that it expects to begin selling in the next few months to compete with the iPhone. The Bold 9900 and 9930 phones, the thinnest BlackBerrys yet, have keyboards and 2.8-inch screens.