Michael Jackson is terminally ill and has only 6 months to live

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Michael Jackson‘s pals fear the star has only six months to live, a shocking new report claims.

Reports in December claimed the Thriller hitmaker, 50, is battling a deadly genetic disorder and requires a lung transplant.

Although Jackson has denied the claims, American tabloid the National Enquirer says his health is deteriorating rapidly because of a crippling addiction to painkillers and alcohol.

A source told the publication, “It’s tragic. His condition is just so far gone, I’d be surprised if he lasts six months.

“Painkillers and booze have caught up with him. The only way he was able to cope with the stress of sex scandals and his roller-coaster life was to mask the pain with substance abuse.

“But the end result is an addiction that will kill him.

“His dependency on drugs dates back to when his hair was burned making a Pepsi commercial 25-years-ago. The drugs simply have ravaged him.

“He’s in really, really bad shape. He’s been sick for six to eight months and he just keeps getting worse.

“His muscles and lungs are deteriorating, and he’s bedridden much of the time. He can walk, but not for very long.

“On good days, Michael is able to take his kids to a bookstore. But he’s never out for more than an hour. He has very little strength…It’s ultimately in God’s hands.”

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Jett “was significantly mentally handicapped.”

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Jett Travolta had a beaming smile and a boy’s love of the water, but he was never heard speaking, and even the family’s closest friends never knew what ailments he had, reports People. “I observed that he was significantly mentally handicapped,” says actress Anne Archer. “John always communicated to him as if Jett could completely understand him. It was a kind of sweet exchange, where he was just happy with anything that Jett offered. Anything.”

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3rd man takes deal in O.J Simpson case

LAS VEGAS – A man whose lawyer says he can testify that O.J. Simpson asked him to bring guns to a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers told a judge on Monday that he’ll accept a plea deal and testify against Simpson and two other men.

Michael McClinton, 49, of Las Vegas, became the third man to agree to plead guilty to reduced charges in return for his testimony.

He told Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure he will plead guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He could receive probation or up to 11 years in prison.

McClinton wielded a gun and acted like a police officer Sept. 13 when Simpson and five other men confronted collectibles dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley at an off-Strip casino hotel, according to police reports. Walter Alexander, a Simpson golfing buddy from Mesa, Ariz., who also took a plea deal and agreed to testify in the case, told police that McClinton gave a gun to him, but he never took it out of his waistband.

McClinton, a security guard whose guns were confiscated and who agreed to surrender his concealed weapons permit, spoke in court only to acknowledge he understood the terms of the plea agreement and to waive his preliminary hearing.

The judge declined to lift house arrest restrictions for McClinton, who posted $32,000 bail after he was arrested Sept. 18.

In brief comments outside the courtroom, McClinton’s lawyer, William Terry, confirmed that McClinton can testify Simpson asked him to bring two guns when they went to the hotel room at the Palace Station casino.

“There’s no reason to dispute that,” Terry said.

Terry said McClinton’s testimony at a scheduled Nov. 8 preliminary hearing will come before his Nov. 13 plea. The lawyer said further details of McClinton’s role would come out “during the course of the preliminary hearing or … after he enters his plea.”

McClinton’s testimony would provide prosecutors with another account contradicting Simpson’s claim that no guns were involved when he went to retrieve items he said belonged to him.

Simpson’s lawyers, Yale Galanter and Gabriel Grasso, did not respond to requests for comment.

Galanter has criticized Clark County District Attorney David Roger for “giving away the courthouse” while cutting deals with co-defendants.

Simpson and co-defendants Clarence Stewart and Charles Ehrlich each face 12 criminal charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and coercion, and one gross misdemeanor, conspiracy to commit a crime. A kidnapping conviction alone could result in a sentence of life in prison with parole.

Lawyers for Stewart and Ehrlich did not respond to messages seeking comment about McClinton’s plea deal.

Charles Cashmore and Walter Alexander have pleaded guilty to reduced charges and agreed to testify against the three men.

Alexander, a Simpson golfing buddy from Mesa, Ariz., told police that Simpson said to bring guns, and told him later to deny that guns were used. Alexander pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit robbery, and could face probation or up to six years in prison.

Cashmore, a union laborer from Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to felony accessory to robbery. He could receive probation or up to five years in prison.

Authorities say memorabilia taken from the hotel room included football game balls signed by Simpson, Joe Montana lithographs, baseballs autographed by Pete Rose and Duke Snider, photos of Simpson with the Heisman Trophy, and framed awards and plaques, together valued at as much as $100,000, according to police reports.


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Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson now works as a commercial pilot

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  • Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson now works as a commercial pilot
  • The band are considered legends of the heavy metal scene
  • Dickinson began flying for fun, but wanted to pilot something larger

(CNN) — What do you do after fronting one of the world’s biggest metal bands? Settle down and live a quiet life? Continue claiming that you are the cutting edge of music, even though you’ve only been releasing greatest hits records for the last ten years? Not if you’re Bruce Dickinson.

He was the powerful presence at the front of Iron Maiden when they made some of their biggest and best recordings, and for more than a decade he was considered one of heavy metal’s spokesmen.

Today, however, although he still tours with the band, his main passion is for the skies. By night he is the screaming, posturing frontman of a band that packs stadiums and festivals; but by day he is the mild-mannered pilot of a 757 passenger plane.

“Aviation’s been kicking around my family for as long as I can remember; my uncle was in the RAF,” says Dickinson. “But I always thought I was too stupid. I was useless at maths and majored in history at university, so I thought history majors don’t become pilots, let alone rock stars. And then our drummer learned to fly so I said if a drummer can learn to fly then anyone can.”

Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 when they were still considered the mainstays of the heavy metal scene, to pursue a solo career and to broaden his already wide horizons — five years earlier he highlighted a passion for the sport of fencing when he founded sports equipment company Duellist.

It was also during this period that he began training to become a pilot. “I turned up to a flight school in Florida, jumped in and did a trial lesson, and that was it. 15,000 feet over Florida, I was just severely bitten,” he says.

Years later he hasn’t been able to shake the addiction, in fact he has taken it one step further, and made it his job.

“I never dreamed I would end up flying an airliner,” he continues. “I ended up flying Iron Maiden around on tour in a little eight-seat, pressurized, twin-engine plane. Basically we were flying round all the world’s major airports, flew across the Atlantic and back, which was quite an adventure. At the end I thought I really want to fly something bigger, but I can’t afford it — I can’t buy my own 707. If I’m going to do that I have to get a job.”

So he made the transition from recreational pilot to captain of a commercial airliner. Today, if you board an Astreas flight you may be welcomed aboard and soothed into your seat by the voice of one of the legends of hard rock.

And how does the thrill of piloting a 757 compare to taking to the stage with Maiden? “It’s a different kind of buzz. Obviously you aren’t leaping around the flight deck yelling and screaming, but you have to manage situations… Flying at 35,000 feet is an internal thing, really. Whereas 35,000 people, that’s just showing off.”

So the rocker has mellowed out. Does this mean he will be hanging up his leopard-skin spandex for ever? “I could never contemplate giving up music. I have to say I’ve always been interested in planes, the only difference is I started to fly the darn things 15 years ago. I don’t see why I should give up either of them. People say ‘Why do you need a second job?’ I say ‘Why do you need to breathe?'”

So, for the foreseeable future at least, Bruce Dickinson will continue his double life, bringing the power of rock to fans around the world and then, potentially, flying them home. “Like my dad always used to say, always have a backstop, you never know when it’s all going to go belly up.”


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Surprise! Britney’s new CD a triumph

Britney Spears, “Blackout”

Just when it seemed safe to write off Britney Spears as a punch line only capable of entertaining people through tabloid escapades, she goes and gets all musically relevant on us.

“Blackout,” her first studio album in four years, is not only a very good album, it’s her best work ever — a triumph, with not a bad song to be found among the 12 tracks.

Granted, a Spears rave should be put in its proper context — it’s not like we’re talking Bob Dylan here. Spears is a lightweight singer who only flourishes when she has great songs and great producers to supplement her minimal vocal talent.

But when she has that help, she’s fierce. And she gets that boost on every single track on “Blackout,” a sizzling, well-crafted, electro-pop dancefest that should return her to pop’s elite.

This is a shocker, given all the lowlights Spears has given us this year. From her embarrassing MTV Video Music Awards performance to her bizarre public antics to allegations that she’s an irresponsible parent, Spears has been a walking disaster. It seems amazing that she even found her way to a recording studio, let alone did anything of value while in it.

But Spears emerges on “Blackout” as the antithesis of her tabloid persona — confident, sensual, and in control.

“I got my eye on you,” she coos on one of the album’s best tracks, “Radar,” a sexy techno groove that you can’t help but bounce to — a feeling that permeates all of “Blackout’s” tracks. You won’t find any saccharine ballads or fluffy pop on this disc — it’s all about generating heat on the dance floor (and if Spears has shown us anything in the last year, it’s that she knows how to party).

On the aptly titled “Freakshow,” produced by Danja (who worked on Justin Timberlake‘s “FutureSex/LoveSounds”), Spears gets voyeuristic with a tantalizing promise to get wild in the club. The hypnotic “Get Naked (I Got A Plan),” also produced by Danja, features Spears breathlessly asking, “What I gotta do to make you move my body” before demanding, “take it off, take it off, take it off.”

It’s not all about grinding to the music, though. On rock-tinged “Piece of Me,” produced by Bloodshy & Avant, she defiantly addresses her critics: “I’m Mrs. Bad Media Karma, another day another drama … I’m Mrs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, I’m Mrs. ‘Oh My God That Britney’s Shameless.'” And on the slow-burn, Neptunes-produced “Why Should I Be Sad,” the album’s last track, she cops to heartbreak but refuses to let it get her down, a rare vulnerable moment.

Listening to “Blackout” is not only an energetic release, it’s also a relief: No, Spears hasn’t completely lost it, and yes, her career has a flicker of fire left — actually much, much more. But with all the damage Spears has done and continues to do to her public image, will anyone outside her core fan base (and who knows what that consists of these days) care anymore?

This album is the first, great step in making that happen.


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Halle Berry apologizes for joke on Leno

NEW YORK – Halle Berry is the latest celebrity to join the Foot-in-Mouth Club.

The 41-year-old actress has apologized for making an inappropriate joke at last Friday’s taping of NBC‘s “The Tonight Show.”

Berry, who showed host Jay Leno photos of herself that she had distorted by using computer software, remarked that one snapshot — in which her nose appeared cartoonishly large — made her “look like my Jewish cousin.”

After she made the comment, Leno quipped: “I’m glad you said it.”

“I so didn’t mean to offend anybody — and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did,” Berry told the New York Post for Tuesday’s editions.

“What happened was I was backstage before the show and I have three girls who are Jewish who work for me,” she said. “We were going through pictures to see which ones looked silly, and one of my Jewish friends said, `That could be your Jewish cousin!'”

“And I guess it was fresh in my mind, and it just came out of my mouth,” said Berry, who was promoting her new film, “Things We Lost in the Fire.”

“Tonight Show” publicist Tracy St. Pierre didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment Thursday.

Berry, who won the best-actress Oscar for 2001’s “Monster’s Ball,” is expecting her first child with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.


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