Conrad Murray wipes away a tear during the defense's opening arguments in his trial at Superior Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Dr. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death. (Associated Press)
The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of superstar Michael Jackson hinges on the doctor's administration of a powerful anesthetic, propofol, to help the insomniac singer sleep during preparation for his This Is It tour.
Images provided by the Food and Drug Administration show two of nine new warning labels cigarette makers will have to use on packages by September 2012 if the FDA rules are not overturned. (Associated Press)
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II wants to deputize members of the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit so they can serve subpoenas and carry a weapon. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters May 8, 2007, in Austin, Texas, after letting stand a bill that blocked state officials from following his executive order requiring an anti-cancer vaccine for sixth-grade schoolgirls. Some of the women in the background on the left had contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV). (Associated Press)
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said President Obama is more attuned to average voters than the Republican presidential candidates because the GOP field is courting the tea party. (Associated Press)