Friday, April 18 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:26:45 GMT
(CBS/KBOI) - A Boise, Idaho business is here to help you let off a little steam. It's not a gym or a therapist, as you might expect. It's called "recreational destruction." You can take a swing at aMore >>
A Boise, Idaho business is here to help you let off a little steam. It's not a gym or a therapist, as you might expect. It's called "recreational destruction."More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:32:56 GMT
(CNN) - Do you and your partner cuddle all night, or hold hands while you sleep? It turns out that these romantic sleeping habits may signal a happier, healthier relationship compared to couples who don'tMore >>
Do you and your partner cuddle all night, or hold hands while you sleep? It turns out that these romantic sleeping habits may signal a happier, healthier relationship compared to couples who don't touch while snoozing.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:59:32 GMT
(CBS/KBTX) - There's something about a field of wildflowers that draws out the photographer in all of us. In Central Texas, there are plenty photo ops, but stopping on the side of the road to take a pictureMore >>
There's something about a field of wildflowers that draws out the photographer in all of us. In Central Texas, there are plenty photo ops, but stopping on the side of the road to take a picture can be downright dangerous. The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texans to be careful.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:26:27 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Today is tax day. The official deadline to submit your federal income taxes. But is it really a hard deadline? Penalties for filing tax returns late only apply to people who owe the governmentMore >>
Today is tax day. The official deadline to submit your federal income taxes. But is it really a hard deadline?More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:03:47 GMT
(CNN) - Now that spring has finally sprung, a lot of us have one thing on our mind -- vacation. So what are the latest travel trends? If the nicer weather has you dreaming about vacation after a coldMore >>
Now that spring has finally sprung, a lot of us have one thing on our mind -- vacation. So what are the latest travel trends?More >>
Friday, April 11 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:38:50 GMT
(CNN/KVUE) - Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand. Two-year old ZaxtonMore >>
Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand.
Thursday, April 10 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:18:24 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Can 140 characters ruin your relationship? One new study thinks so and says that tweeting may lead to infidelity and divorce. The University of Missouri just released a study that found, theMore >>
Can 140 characters ruin your relationship? One new study thinks so and says that tweeting may lead to infidelity and divorce.More >>
Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-04-09 14:12:31 GMT
(CBS) - The deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2013 is just about a week away. It might be a bit late to get an appointment with a tax preparer, but it's not too late to download a handy taxMore >>
The deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2013 is just about a week away. It might be a bit late to get an appointment with a tax preparer, but it's not too late to download a handy tax preparing app onto your smartphone or tablet.More >>
Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:45:56 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Starting today, Microsoft will no longer support its popular "Windows XP." Microsoft says it wants to concentrate on maintaining its newer operating systems. Experts say if you don't upgradeMore >>
Starting today, Microsoft will no longer support its popular "Windows XP." Experts say if you don't upgrade your computer, you're more susceptible to hackers. And, an Israeli start up says it has developed a new battery pack that can fully charge your phone in just 30 seconds, even if is nearly empty.More >>
Monday, April 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:14:25 GMT
(CNN/KUSA) - The race for mayor of divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is like you or me. A group of animals are runningMore >>
The race for mayor of divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is like you or me. A group of animals are running for mayor, but they are doing it for a good cause.More >>
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- AEG Live's negotiations with a doctor to treat Michael Jackson were "highly inappropriate," a music industry veteran testified Monday.
The concert promoter's agreement to pay Dr. Conrad Murray $150,000 a month during Jackson's comeback tour set up an "egregious" conflict of interest in which the physician was beholden to the company and himself before Jackson's interests, he testified.
David Berman, who once headed Capitol Records and worked for decades as an entertainment lawyer, was brought into court as an expert witness by Jackson's mother and children in their wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.
The tiny Los Angeles courtroom became less crowded Monday after the city fire marshal, acting on a complaint from an unidentified party, ordered that fewer people be allowed inside, according to a court spokesman.
Just one seat is allotted to the public and the number of journalists allowed inside was reduced to just eight at a time under the new limits. The 30 seats set aside for lawyers were not reduced.
The judge rejected CNN's request to televise the trial in March, but she has allowed a small camera and microphone to be focused on the witness so that people in another courtroom can watch the trial.
Michael Jackson's longtime personal chef Kai Chase, who was in his home when he died, is set to testify Tuesday.
Also coming up, the Jackson lawyers will show jurors the "This Is It" documentary produced using rehearsal video.
The wrongful death trial, which is in its eighth week, is expected to last until August, according to lawyers. Jackson lawyer Brian Panish estimated Monday that he would call his last witness around July 8.
One of the four alternative jurors asked the judge to dismiss him from the case Monday because he has sold his Los Angeles home and must move to Atlanta. "If we are only a third of the way through there's no way I can make it," he said.
Judge Yvette Palazuelos said it is"highly likely I'm going to excuse you," but she will confer with lawyers from both sides before deciding.
The Jackson lawsuit accuses AEG Live of liability in Michael Jackson's death because it negligently hired, retained or supervised Dr. Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
Murray told police he used the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat Jackson's insomnia so he could rest for rehearsals for his "This Is It" concerts. The coroner ruled Jackson's death was from an overdose of the drug.
AEG Live lawyers argue it was Jackson who chose and supervised Murray. They contend AEG executives had no way of knowing the doctor was using propofol on Jackson.
Berman, who is paid $500 an hour by the Jacksons as an expert witness, said he reviewed "an enormous amount" of material, including an "extraordinary number of e-mails," to reach his conclusions that Murray's hiring was "highly inappropriate and "highly unusual."
"I have never heard of it being done, and indeed, it is my understanding up until these case, AEG had never done it," Berman testified, referring to a concert promoter hiring a doctor for an artist.
"It creates an inherent conflict of interest on the part of the physician," Berman said. "The physician has dual obligations to the patient and the entity that is engaging them and who is paying his compensation. That, in of itself, is a conflict. It's a more egregious conflict in the circumstances in this case."
Berman was critical of AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips' response to an e-mail from show director Kenny Ortega warning five days before Jackson's death about the singer's "continued physical weakening ad deepening emotional state."
"Kenny, it is critical that neither you, me, or anyone around this show become amateur psychologists or physicians," Phillips wrote "I had a lengthy conversation with Dr. Murray, who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more. He said that Michael is not only physically equipped to perform and that discouraging him to, will hasten his decline instead of stopping it. Dr. Murray also reiterated that he is mentally able to and was speaking to me from the house where he had spent the morning with MJ. This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig so he totally unbiased and ethical."
Phillips' response is "very telling on a number of levels," Berman said. "He is somewhat dismissive of Mr. Ortega's concerns."
"There are serious problems with that statement because he recognizes the potential of the doctor not being ethical and unbiased if he does need the gig and has financial problems," he said.
It shows AEG Live was aware of the potential for a conflict, Berman testified. "When, in fact, Dr. Murray was in dire financial straits at the time and did need the gig."
A Los Angeles Police detective testified earlier in the trial that Murray was more than $1 million in debt and that his Las Vegas medical clinic faced eviction in the months before he was hired to treat Jackson.
The contractual relationship between AEG Live and Dr. Murray was "not unlike the team doctor for a football team, where the quarterback is injured and the doctor comes to the medical conclusion that the quarterback should be taken out of the game for a period of weeks, but the team doesn't want him out," Berman said. "There is an inherent conflict."
Berman also noted that the contract said AEG Live could terminate Murray if concerts were postponed or canceled.
"The fact that if the tour is even just postponed that AEG Live has the ability to cease any further compensation for Dr. Murray, giving Dr. Murray even greater conflict of interest since he was in financial dire straits, he did need this gig and if it was postponed, which could hypothetically be in the best interest of Michael Jackson, he ran the risk of losing any further compensation," he testified.
Berman was asked about the so-called "smoking gun" e-mail sent by AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware ahead of a planned meeting with Dr. Murray: "We want to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him."
The e-mail indicates AEG Live executives wanted "to control, to some extent, Dr. Murray" by reminding him they are paying his salary, Berman said.
Is that reasonable, he was asked. "Certainly not," Berman said. "It is indicative of the fact that they want to control the services of Dr. Murray, as opposed to the artist."
Berman testified that AEG Live executives should have recognized there could be a problem with Dr. Murray when he initially asked for $5 million for one year as Jackson's doctor. "That is a pretty bizarre amount," he said.
The eventual agreement to pay the doctor $150,000 a month was still "an exorbitant amount, more than any other person on the tour was paid," he said. "Even more of a red flag since AEG was aware of another doctor who was willing to take the job for $40,000 a month."
"It's indicative of something out of whack," Berman testified.
Berman also said it was "inappropriate" for AEG Live to not loop in any Jackson lawyer or manager into the negotiations with Murray. "I find that extremely unusual," he testified.
Murray signed the contract and faxed it back to AEG Live on June 24, 2009 -- a day before Jackson's death. But AEG Live's executives never signed and the signature space for Jackson's signature was also left blank.
"That is not inconsistent with this being a valid oral agreement," Berman said.
Berman testified the e-mails confirmed an oral agreement was in place. It is a common practice in the music industry for oral agreements to be put in writing long after the services are commenced, he said.
He pointed to the certification of sponsorship AEG submitted to the British government for Murray to practice in England as evidence they considered him hired.
Monday, April 14 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:31:53 GMT
SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- DPS says a woman is dead after a crash Monday afternoon. It happened just before 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Mixon Road and Yarborough Lane in Smith County. At this pointMore >>
A Jacksonville Police communications officer has died after a crash Monday afternoon. More >>
Thursday, April 3 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:35:25 GMT
EFFINGHAM (WCIA) -- One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham. Owens'More >>
One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.More >>
Open Carry Texas Begins Gregg County Chapter. Holds First March.
Friday, April 18 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:52:35 GMT
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Walking up and down one of the busiest stretches of road in Longview, Gregg County's Open Carry Texas Group held its first March and members openly carried rifles and shotguns aroundMore >>
New group in Gregg County helps promote gun rights. More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:17:43 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - A new report from Career Cast shows the top 10 worst jobs of 2014. They range from lumberjack to corrections officer. Stress, physical demands, low pay and more put these jobs on the list. LongMore >>
A new report from Career Cast shows the top 10 worst jobs of 2014. They range from lumberjack to corrections officer. Stress, physical demands, low pay and more put these jobs on the list.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:52:44 GMT
(CNN) -- Gabriel García Márquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," has died, his family and officials said. He was 87. TheMore >>
Gabriel García Márquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," has died, his family and officials said.More >>
So, that happened. Fresh on the heels of the infamous Red Wedding, Sunday's "Game of Thrones" served up more murderous matrimony. But, with what fans have dubbed the "Purple Wedding," many of us finally got something we'd been hoping for since season one.More >>