- - Thursday, September 29, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Guard: Jackson doctor collected vials before 911 call

LOS ANGELES — One of Michael Jackson’s bodyguards had barely stepped into the singer’s bedroom when he heard a scream: “Daddy!” Jackson’s young daughter cried.

A few feet away, the singer lay motionless in his bed, eyes slightly open. His personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was trying to revive him when he saw that Jackson’s eldest children were watching.


“Don’t let them see their dad like this,” Dr. Murray said, the first of many orders that bodyguard Alberto Alvarez testified Thursday that he heeded in the moments before paramedics arrived at Jackson’s home in June 2009.

What happened next - after Mr. Alvarez said he ushered Jackson’s eldest son and daughter from the room - is one of the key pieces of prosecutors’ involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Murray.

Mr. Alvarez said Dr. Murray scooped up vials of medicine from Jackson’s nightstand and told the bodyguard to put them away. Mr. Alvarez complied. He also placed an IV bag into another bag. On the third day of the trial, prosecutors tried to show that Dr. Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, delayed calling authorities and that he was intent on concealing signs that he had been giving the singer doses of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

KANSAS

Judge refuses to block abortion insurance law

WICHITA — Women seeking abortions in Kansas will have to pay for the procedure or get extra insurance after a judge refused to block a new law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions.

The law prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans, except when a woman’s life is at risk. Women who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state, arguing that lawmakers’ true intent was to create obstacles for women seeking abortionsand also charging sex discrimination. It was seeking a temporary injunction, but a judge ruled Thursday that the group failed to prove its claims.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown told the ACLU it could try again, noting his decision wasn’t a final ruling on the merits of their claims. He also ordered an expedited schedule so the case would move more quickly through the courts.

LOUISIANA

Former archbishop who gave JFK eulogy dies

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