- - Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, will talk about her late father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey airing Sunday.

Paris Jackson, 14, will be featured on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” the channel said Tuesday. Paris and Ms. Winfrey discuss how the teenager is faring three years after the 2009 death of her pop-star father.

“It never gets easier,” Paris said in a promotional spot aired by OWN, which also shows Ms. Winfrey asking if Michael Jackson wanted her to have “a quote ‘normal’ life.”

Paris and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, were closely sheltered during Jackson’s life but have been in the public eye since, appearing onstage at the Grammy Awards and on other TV shows.

Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which also will include an interview with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will air at 9 p.m. Sunday on OWN.

Reality show singer’s claim of war injury may be false

A singer who appeared on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” and claimed he was injured during a grenade blast in Afghanistan has no military record of his combat injuries, the Minnesota National Guard said Tuesday.

Timothy Michael Poe appeared on the nationally televised show Monday. He told the judges he spent 14 years in the military, and suffered a broken back and brain injury when he was hit by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2009.

“I had volunteered for a team to go out and clear buildings and help out with the wounded,” Mr. Poe said during a taped interview on the show. “There was a guy who come up with a rocket-propelled grenade. I saw it coming down, and by the time I turned and went to jump on top of my guys, I yelled ‘grenade’ and the blast had hit me.”

According to military records, Mr. Poe served with the Minnesota Army National Guard from December 2002 through May 2011, working as a supply specialist. Records show he was deployed in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007, to July 15, 2008, and then served in Afghanistan for about a month in 2009.

Sgt. Poe’s official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports,” Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, said in a statement.

Lt. Col. Olson noted that Mr. Poe did not receive the Purple Heart, which is given to those who are injured in enemy combat. Mr. Poe didn’t claim he had received the award.

“We looked very closely at his record,” Lt. Col. Olson said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. “We did not find something to substantiate what he said.”

An NBC spokeswoman said the network and Mr. Poe had no comment.

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