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LaToya visits Bubbles. Bubbles not that interested.

LaToya Jackson went to visit her late brother's former pet chimp Bubbles – who lived with MJ until he got too big to handle about 20 years ago - as part of an Animal Planet documentary.

It's cute. He's not particularly interested in her but she seems to get something out of it.

 

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Michael Jackson tribute concert cancelled...with surprise ending!

Getty Images The endless saga of Michael Jackson's untimely death continues with the news that Jermaine's Vienna tribute concert that was scheduled for September 26 has been cancelled and reset in London sometime next year. Venue and date TBA. The concert was expected to draw 65, 000 people. (Expected by whom I'm not sure.)

This is just another fitting segment in a tale that began before MJ's death, back in April when he announced those 10 concerts at London's 02 Arena. That later turned into 50 concerts (which at the time I said was never going to happen for which I was viciously attacked in the comments section of this blog).

This news was shortly followed by his death, followed by ghostly (or not so ghostly) sightings, followed by a strangely drawn out burial process, the questioning of his children's paternity (suspects include McCauley Culkin), a homicide investigation, the announcement of a tribute concert at which Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole would perform…This was followed by denials by all three performers that they were going to appear. And THAT was followed by insistence from Jermaine Jackson that they WERE going to perform…and finally…the cancellation of the concert.

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Michael Jackson's physician to be charged with manslaughter

Getty Images Fox News says Michael Jackson's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks.

A law enforcement source initially told the network Dr. Conrad Murray could be arrested as early as next Wednesday, but the arrest is now expected to happen the following week as inspectors are continuing to gather evidence and will execute one more search warrant, probably of a Los Angeles pharmacy.

Investigators reportedly wanted to charge Murray with a more serious crime than manslaughter but are concerned that, without a motive, the charge would not hold up in court. So, unless a "smoking gun" is found, the charge will be manslaughter.

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Michael Jackson's last hours spent in doctor's bed.

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TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson spent his last hours in Dr. Conrad Murray's bedroom, in Dr. Murray's bed.
 
"Multiple law enforcement sources" told TMZ that Murray administered IV Propofol to Jackson hours before he died, while Jackson lay in the doctor's bed.

According to the gossip site, "Law enforcement believes Dr. Murray may have been using his room almost nightly to administer Propofol to Jackson."

There is speculation that Dr. Murray left the room and may have fallen asleep during the administration of the IV drug, and that by the time he awakened Jackson's heart had already stopped beating.

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Does Michael Jackson have a fourth kid?

Getty Images Folks are saying that Norwegian dancer Omer Bhatti is the son of Michael Jackson. Word is that the 25-year-old is the result of a 1984 one-night stand. So, too late to be the subject of the 1983 song Billie Jean - and make the song a lie. That's a relief 

According to Contact Music Michael, who passed away last month, is said to have admitted to friends in 2004 that he was Bhatti's father.

Bhatti was given front row seats at Michael's July 7 memorial and had apparently been friends with the King of Pop for ages. His mother Pia and her husband Riz both worked for Jackson and aren't talking. Although Pia did tell Britain's The Sun newspaper, "He was the 'King of Pop'. But to us he was so much more." Omer also lived at Neverland for a few years, starting in 1997 and has spoken about his "special bond" with Jackson and called him "an unbelievably good human being."

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LAPD treating Michael Jackson's death as a homicide

Getty Images TMZ is reporting that the LAPD is now treating Michael Jackson's death as a homicide and that they are focusing on Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson's death and that there is already "plenty of powerful evidence" that Dr. Murray is the person who administered the drug to Jackson.

Police reportedly found vials of the drug along with an intravenous stand and an oxygen tank at Jackson's home after he died. Propofol is a powerful anesthetic -- in related news the CDC and FDA recalled two lots of the drug yesterday after they were found to be contaminated.

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Bill O'Reilly criticizes Jackson fans, chest beating

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Come on Bill, tell us how you really feel.

Bill O'Reilly went on a tirade about Michael Jackson and the very public outpouring of grief surrounding MJ's death, calling the display "pathetic in the extreme."

O'Reilly, who hosts Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, criticized the public spectacle after Tuesday's memorial service.

O'Reilly said in his 'Talking Points' segment, "It's basically grandstanding and pathetic in the extreme. Yes, the man was an all-star entertainer. That's it. So enough with the phony platitudes, OK? The truth is that Jackson's interactions with children were unacceptable for any adult. His incredible selfishness, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing "We Are the World" should make any clear-thinking American nauseous."

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Michael Jackson memorial recap

Getty Images The casket, draped in flowers, is brought before  a sombre Staples Center audience and the Michael Jackson memorial begins with Smokey Robinson reading condolence letters from Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela.

This opening tribute is followed by a moment of silence, which becomes 15 minutes or more. I wonder if the broadcast is caught in a loop. Maybe the Staples Centre is experiencing audio troubles.

Whatever the case, we eventually return with a tribute from Pastor Lucius Smith, a friend of the Jackson family, followed by Mariah Carey performing I'll be There with Trey Lorenz.

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Are Jackson tickets collectors' items?

Getty Images AEG to Michael Jackson fans: You can keep your ticket if we can keep your money.

Posted By Elizabeth Bromstein

The BBC says Michael Jackson fans who paid in advance for the singer's UK concerts have been offered their money back or a "souvenir" ticket as an alternative.

Promoter AEG Live said the tickets feature graphics "inspired and designed" by Michael, who died at the age of 50 last Thursday. They will feature special images which give them a "3D moving effect." Ooh.

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Jackson's last rehearsal could be live album

85271281[1] The Wrap says AEG Live may release recordings of Michael Jackson's last rehearsal as a live album.

The rehearsal at the Staples Center, on the eve of Michael's death, was recorded in multi-camera, high-definition video and multi-track audio. Several people close to the now-defunct concert tour are saying it could be released as his last album.

"We have a live album in the can," a classy AEG official apparently boasted.

The Wrap says the recordings were made as part of the promotion company's deal with Jackson. This included a plan to produce both an album and DVD of what was billed as the "final performance" tour, titled "This Is It."

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