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CaliforniaLOS ANGELES - In an 11th-hour appeal, lawyers for Michael Jackson’s doctor sought to overturn a judge’s refusal to sequester jurors during the involuntary manslaughter trial. Attorneys also asked late Friday to halt the start of jury selection on Sept. 8 until the issue is decided by an appeals court. Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of giving Jackson an anesthetic overdose before the pop star’s 2009 death. (AP)
North CarolinaMan gets life for killing 8 people CARTHAGE - A North Carolina man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing eight people at a rural nursing home. A jury convicted Robert Stewart, 47, of second-degree murder for shooting and killing seven elderly residents and a nurse on March 29, 2009. (AP)
FLORIDAPort expansion war centers on corals MIAMI - As Miami prepares to accommodate supersize freighters, environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort to protect threatened coral reefs and acres of sea grass that they say would be destroyed by the expansion. The state’s environmental protection agency is on the verge of granting a permit to the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct 600 days of blasting to widen Miami’s port. (New York Times)
CaliforniaFreeway reopens, as fire threat abates HESPERIA - Firefighters gained control yesterday on a wildfire that erupted on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas. Officials lifted evacuation orders for some homes and reopened the freeway. The fire began along Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. (AP)
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