TEHRAN – Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.
SANAA – Yemen’s prime minister-designate promised on Tuesday to announce his government within days, saying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would help the country with oil and electricity as it tries to pull back from the brink of civil war.
American Airlines and its parent company AMR Corp filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday after failing to win a labor deal with pilots and suffering from mounting fuel costs.
Judges, proseuctors and criminal lawyers who have spoken with TMZ agree … Conrad Murray should not get the maximum sentence — 4 years in prison — but the fact that he killed Michael Jackson changes everything.
It’s not supposed to be this way — the fame of the victim should be irrelevant — but it’s hard to ignore the fame of the victim.
The people we spoke with say the typical sentence for someone in a similar position — no criminal history, an otherwise unblemished record — would be a “blended sentence” — a year or 2 in jail, and then a year or 2 of community service.
Judge Michael Pastor made it clear when he denied Murray bail — he views the crime as extremely serious, possibly telegraphing a maximum sentence. It’s hard to tell what Pastor will do, but almost everyone considers him a fair but stern judge.
The fact that the D.A. is asking for $100 million in restitution shows how much of a difference it makes that MJ is the victim. The reality is — in terms of money — Michael is worth more dead than alive, so there should be no restitution. His 3 kids will now get hundreds of millions in a windfall.
Here’s the reality … Murray will not serve a day in prison. Because of a new California law, any time he gets will be served in L.A. County Jail, and the amount of time will automatically be cut in half. And, Murray would be eligible for house arrest.
Sentencing is set for 8:30 AM. We’ll be livestreaming.
Hanukkah came early for a bunch of Jews in Irvine, CA tonight — when Kobe Bryant rolled up to the local Jewish Community Center and asked if he could borrow the basketball court for a hardcore private training session … TMZ has learned.
Yentas at the JCC tell us … the honchos at the center were more than happy to let Kobe use the facility — and the Black Mamba couldn’t have been nicer.
Kobe and a trainer proceeded to work on shooting drills and cardio training while a gang of the chosen people looked on in amazement.
We’re told the training session went on for more than an hour — and Kobe looked as sharp as ever.
Of course, the NBA lockout is just about over — but players aren’t expected to rejoin their teams for a few days … so it seems Kobe is simply trying to get ahead of the game.
Kobe ain’t the first NBA superstar to play with the ‘Brews — just last month LeBron James filled in a for a league team at a JCC in Ohio … and DOMINATED.
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Michael Jackson‘s older brother Marlon wants Judge Pastor to throw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray today — but he insists Conrad’s real punishment will come from God himself.
Marlon flew in to LAX yesterday — presumably for today’s sentencing hearing — and told us he hopes Murray gets the maximum sentence … but explains, “The real verdict will come down not on planet Earth … the Lord will take care of what he needs to take care of.”
The hearing is set for 8:30 AM PST — we’ll be livestreaming the entire thing.
Filed under: Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is vacationing in Colombia — and for the first time ever, the locals are worried they could run out of cocaine.
Just kidding … but the Warlock is in the country with some kind of film crew — and yesterday he was seen strolling around Cartagena … even visiting a local library.
According to local reports, Sheen was very friendly … and posed for pictures with fans.
As for the film crew — it’s unclear if The Warlock’s shooting a documentary … or if he just enjoys having people follow him around with cameras.
National and regional registries of legitimate contractors are among the new measures the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) adopted to curb illegal contractualization of employees, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Tuesday.
OSLO – Court-appointed psychiatrists have concluded that Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is criminally insane, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, meaning he may be committed to a psychiatric institution indefinitely rather than sent to jail.
Ang kasalukuyang grupo ng mga castaway sa Season 4 ng hit reality TV show na Survivor Philippines ang pinakamareklamo, ayon mismo sa host nito na si Richard Gutierrez.