What Michael Jackson Left Behind: From the Lisa Marie Insomniac Note to the Lost Freddie Mercury Duets

On the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death, the world is still fascinated by any halfway-revealing Jackson artifact that turns up. The truly revealing ones intrigue us most, whether they’re in the form of never-released demos or sad, handwritten notes. But we’re also not above being curious when seemingly anything he ever verifiably touched turns up on the auction block, be it the red “Thriller” jacket, the headboard of his deathbed, or a surgical mask that contains “a single dark strand of Jackson’s hair.”

[Related: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ girlfriend grateful for opportunity]

From the ridiculous to the (we can only hope) sublime, here are the most notable of Jackson artifacts that have made news in the months leading up to the three-year commemoration of his passing:

Jackson’s note to Lisa MarieTHE EXHAUSTED NOTE TO LISA MARIE PRESLEY. A handwritten note that Jackson penned to his then-wife was due to be the hottest item on the block at a recent auction before Julien’s Auctions removed it from bidding out of a stated desire to maintain a good relationship with Presley. Presumably written some time between 1993-96, the missive established that Jackson’s problems with sleeplessness predated his propofol-related death by many, many years. In spirit, it can be summed up as “Let me nap,” but the full text read: “Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ crazy for you Love Turd.” (That sign-off is one term of celebrity endearment we probably could have gone without knowing.) Read the rest of this entry

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Britney Spears vs. Ashley Tisdale — Summer Fashion Faceoff

It’s a battle of the singing blondes! Pop star Britney Spears and “High School Musical” actress Ashley Tisdale both chose the same hot pink mini dress by Brian Lichtenberg just two weeks apart. We know the “Till the World Ends” songstress outsells Tisdale’s pop albums, and Tisdale’s infinitely better at acting (have you seen “Crossroads“?!). However, when it comes to deciding who wore this scuba-suit inspired frock better, the winner’s not crystal clear. It’s time for us to choose … who wore it better?!

Britney Spears: May 24 (Gary Miller/WireImage)Ashley Tisdale: June 7 (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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Police Rescue Malnourished Girl From Closet in Kansas City

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A Kansas City, Mo., mother is behind bars, accused of keeping her 10-year-old daughter locked in a closet, not letting her come out to eat, sleep or even go to the bathroom.

The girl weighed just 32 pounds, and hospital records indicated that she has only gained 6 pounds since she was 4 or 5 years old, according to a police probable cause statement. The girl also suffers from “multiple healing skin injuries and failure to thrive,” the statement said. Read the rest of this entry

Key 26/11 terror suspect Abu Hamza nabbed

Key 26/11 terror suspect Abu Hamza nabbed

New Delhi: In a major breakthrough, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Monday arrested a key 26/11 terror suspect from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

According to sources, the suspect – identified as Abu Hamza alias Sayeed Zabi ud Deen alias Zabi Ansari alias Riyasat Ali – was nabbed while returning from the Gulf.

Hamza is believed to have provided assistance to 26/11 terrorists. He was reportedly one of the Pakistani handlers who was giving instructions to the 26/11 terrorists.
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Galaxy S III sales to hit 10 million next month

A view of Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone.
AP A view of Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone.

Samsung Electronics Co. expects worldwide sales of the latest Galaxy smartphone to surpass 10 million in July.

Samsung’s mobile business president Shin Jong-kyun said on Monday that the Galaxy S III will reach the milestone two months after its launch.

The estimate reflects robust demands from mobile operators. Unlike Apple Inc., Samsung does not disclose sales figures to consumers. Read the rest of this entry

Sony launches Google TV in Australia

Sony’s Internet Player with Google TV.Sony’s Internet Player with Google TV.

Google TV is coming to Australia next week.

Google‘s efforts to mind-meld televisions with Android got off to a shaky start, but Sony has stuck with it. Next week it intends to start selling the next generation of Google TV media players in Australia, based on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb”. For now you’ll only be able to get an “Internet Player with Google TV” box bundled with Sony’s new high-end HX750 and HX850 Bravia TVs, but eventually you’ll be able to buy them separately. Read the rest of this entry

Falling crude price squeezes Western producers

Energy companies operating in Western Canada are being pinched especially hard by the fall in the price of crude. The first wave of budget cuts at oil companies hit Calgary last week.

Oil at $80 a barrel, once cause for frantic spending and growth in Alberta’s oil patch, is now prompting some firms to slash their expansion plans.

Thousands evacuate as winds fan Utah wildfire

Smoke fills the sky above Saratoga Springs, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2012, where homes have been evacuated because of a raging wildfire.

Smoke fills the sky above Saratoga Springs, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2012, where homes have been evacuated because of a raging wildfire. (AP Photo/Lynn DeBruin)

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At least nine people missing, one believed dead in Elliot Lake

The collapsed roof of the Algo Centre Mall. +

 

One person may be dead, trapped under debris, and at least nine people are missing after a portion of a mall roof collapsed this weekend in a northern Ontario city, shaking a community that considered the shopping centre as its hub.

 

Microsoft tablet follows rocky ties to hardware makers Company feared Apple’s big lead

 Microsoft will compete directly with PC makers that are the biggest customers for the Windows operating system.

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Microsoft will compete directly with PC makers that are the biggest customers for the Windows operating system.

 

SEATTLE — Around the time the iPad came out more than two years ago, Microsoft executives got an eye-opening jolt about how far Apple would go to gain an edge for its products. Read the rest of this entry