Taking Names: Full Houston autopsy report to reveal more details

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Whitney Houston’s full autopsy report may offer more clues about whether the singer suffered a heart attack before her drowning death, officials said Friday.

The full report, which is expected to be released in a few weeks, may include test results and physical descriptions of the singer’s heart that will show whether she suffered a heart attack, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. The report is being compiled and he said he did not have access to its findings, which might show whether there were any obvious signs, such as discoloration of her heart, that would suggest Houston had a heart attack before slipping underwater in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11.

Houston’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.

The report also will include detailed toxicology results that will show how much cocaine and its byproducts were in Houston’s system when she died. Coroner’s officials said Thursday that the results showed the singer used cocaine shortly before her death, and there were indications of chronic use.

Beverly Hills police detectives will use the full coroner’s report to complete their investigative file, which is not expected to be publicly released.

Houston’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards stunned the music industry and fans worldwide. The singer had battled addiction for years, but friends and family have said she appeared committed to making a comeback in the months before her death.

Store employee covers Simpson’s Elle photo

A pregnant Jessica Simpson on the cover of Elle magazine was apparently too much for some customers of a Tucson, Ariz., Safeway store, where a worker covered the magazine with cardboard.

The April edition features a photo of the singer/actress/fashion designer with one hand over her breast and another wrapped around her nude belly.

The Arizona Daily Star reported the manager of the store received multiple complaints, prompting a worker to cover the image with cardboard.

“The sign was up for a short time and removed,” Teena Massingill, director of corporate public affairs for Safeway Inc., told the Associated Press. “This was one store employee’s response to some customer complaints. This was by no means a companywide directive.”

Elle Magazine released a statement Friday to the AP.

“We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to Jessica Simpson’s cover,” it said. “She’s celebrating her body during this joyous time in her life and we couldn’t be happier for her.”

Sugarland singer to give deposition in fair suit

Singer Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland has been ordered to give a deposition next month in lawsuits filed over August’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Attorneys for stage builder Mid-America Sound Corp. had wanted Miss Nettles and fellow band member Kristian Bush to begin providing depositions starting Monday, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin on Friday approved a request by the band’s attorneys to reject that timetable.

Sugarland’s attorneys had proposed holding depositions in May, but the judge ordered them to provide dates and times between April 1 and April 15 in which only Ms. Nettles can testify.

Mid-America built the roof and rigging used to hold lights and sound equipment that collapsed Aug. 13 before the scheduled Sugarland concert. Seven people died and dozens were injured.

Florida man to plead guilty in celebrity hacking

A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., was to plead guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to nine felony counts, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping, the documents say. He faces up to 60 years in prison.

Defense attorney Christopher Chestnut said Thursday night that he is still working with prosecutors and wouldn’t confirm the number of felony counts Mr. Chaney will plead guilty to.

“To date, Chris has been very cooperative with prosecutors, he’s remorseful for any of the harm caused to the stars, and just looks to a resolution of the case,” Mr. Chestnut said.

Mr. Chaney was arrested in October as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.”

Prosecutors said Mr. Chaney hacked into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry, including Miss Aguilera and Miss Johansson. Nude photos Miss Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the Internet. Miss Aguilera also had private photos put online, court documents show.

Miss Johansson told Vanity Fair for its December issue that the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, who is now her ex-husband.

Mr. Chaney mined through publicly available data to figure out password and security questions for celebrity accounts. He hijacked a forwarding feature so that a copy of every email a celebrity received was sent to an account he controlled, according to court documents.

Mr. Chaney forwarded many of the photographs to two gossip websites and another hacker, but there wasn’t any evidence that he profited from his scheme, authorities said. He has since apologized for his actions.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.

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