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  • As if dealing with her family drama weren't enough, now Katherine Jackson has been invited by Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted in her son Michael Jackson's death, to visit him in jail.

    Murray extended the invitation to the late pop star's mother to "answer any questions she might have."

    The invitation came Tuesday night via a statement released to CNN through Murray's lawyers, Valerie Weiss and Michael Flanagan.

    "I've been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life," Murray said. "Seeing that she is up in age and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one on one and answer any questions she might have."

    Murray, who is serving time in a Los Angeles County jail after he was sentenced to four years for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, said he would put Katherine Jackson's name on the

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  • Russell Brand will not be going to jail for tossing a photographer's iPhone through the window of a building in New Orleans on March 12.

    NIGHTLINE: Seriously Funny: Russell Brand

    An attorney representing Brand entered a not guilty plea Thursday on the actor's behalf to one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, but then worked out a deal with prosecutors that calls for the star to perform 20 hours of community service and pay $500 in court fees.

    The charge will be dismissed if Katy Perry's ex completes his community service by August 31.

  • (Twitter/@Rodriguez)In a cinematic universe where Charlie Sheen can be the president of the United States and Lindsay Lohan can play a gun-toting nun, it should be no surprise that writer-director Robert Rodgriguez would tap Lady Gaga for his zany "Machete" series. Still, the news Mama Monster filmed her feature film debut on the set of Machete Kill s was apparently Hollywood's best-kept secret.

    Given Rodriguez' do-it-yourself take on the movie business, he broke the news himself Thursday via Twitter, posting, "I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!"

    PHOTOS: The Many Faces, and Moments, of Lady Gaga

    Rodriguez also posted a character poster reading, "Lady Gaga as La Chameleon." While nothing's known of the role, it seems the star's penchant for changing her image plays heavily into it - perhaps a deadly mistress of disguise?

    Gaga is pictured topless, but covered by a dead wolf she's draped around her, a golden pistol

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  • Hottest Trainer 2014: Hottest Trainer Contestant #8: Megan Johnson
    Hottest Trainer 2014: Hottest Trainer Contestant #8: Megan Johnson

    Images via Raquel Zaldivar No one struts it down a slackline like Megan Johnson, our final Hottest Trainer contestant. Not only is she the co-founder of Slackroduo, a fitness brand she created with...

  • Twitter suspends accounts sharing images of journalist's alleged execution
    Twitter suspends accounts sharing images of journalist's alleged execution

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced that the company is "actively" suspending accounts of any users who post graphic images related to the apparent beheading of the American journalist.

  • Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests
    Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests

    Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have previously suggested, scientists added. Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and lived in Europe and Asia. Recent findings suggest that Neanderthals were closely related enough to interbreed with ancestors of modern humans — about 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is Neanderthal in origin.

  • James Foley's parents: 'He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom'
    James Foley's parents: 'He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom'

    The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted on YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday.

  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
    Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.

  • Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases
    Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they tried to evacuate a state official and her family from the quarantined quarter. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world are scrambling to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, with the latest official toll jumping 106 in two days to 1,350 dead. Liberia, with 576 deaths from 972 diagnosed cases, is the worst hit of the four affected west African countries, with the numbers of deaths and infections rising dramatically.

  • Rick Perry's mug shot inspires meme
    Rick Perry's mug shot inspires meme

    The Texas governor turned himself in for booking at a courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, less than a week after his indictment on two felony counts of abuse of power. And his mug shot, released by the Austin Police Department, quickly inspired a meme.

  • Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

    By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State, a militant group that witnesses and officials say has executed hundreds of members of Iraq's Yazidis, has released a video that seeks to show it enlightened hundreds of members of the religious minority by converting them to Islam. The production was issued not long after the group on Tuesday released a video showing one of its black-clad fighters beheading American journalist James Foley, sparking international outrage. The Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism who are part of the country's Kurdish minority, have paid the highest price for Islamic State's dramatic advance through northern Iraq. Islamic State militants, widely seen as more hardline than al Qaeda, storm into villages armed with machine guns and give Yazidis a simple choice: convert to Islam or die.

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