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EDTPrint The Associated PressDoctor tells police about Jackson's final momentsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The cardiologist who was with Michael Jackson during the pop star's final moments sat down with investigators for the first time to explain his actions — and left three hours later as a witness, not a suspect.


Conrad Murray "helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies," Murray's spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said in a statement Saturday.

"Investigators say the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy."Iran's supreme ruler calls for unityIran's supreme ruler has called for national unity and urged both sides in a bitter election dispute "not to stoke the emotions of the young." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's appeal was broadcast Sunday on state TV.GM to take on future product liability claimsNEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Corp.

has agreed to take on responsibility for future product liability claims, removing what could have been a sizable roadblock on the automaker's path to a quick sale of its assets and emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a new company.

As part of its government-backed restructuring plan, GM wants to sell the bulk of its assets to a new company and leave behind unprofitable assets and other liabilities such as product-related lawsuits.

A hearing on the proposed sale is scheduled for Tuesday.Analysis: Somalia aid tied to shaky governmentWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's recent move to increase aid to Somalia takes aim at Islamic extremists' safe havens, pouring resources into a government that analysts say may not be worth salvaging.

Resolving the Somalia dilemma demands that the U.S.

walk a delicate line — politically and militarily.BET Awards are here after 'total overhaul'LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three days to process the shock and grief, attendees at the BET Awards — a show thrown into "total overhaul" by the death of Michael Jackson — were preparing for what was sure to be a spectacular celebration of the King of Pop, put on by an dazzling collection of the artists he influenced most.

Already an affair of major star wattage, Sunday night's show was thrown under a white-hot spotlight in the wake of Jackson's death, adding attendees and guests, doubling the number of media requests and even lengthening the red carpet to accommodate all who want to take part.Thread of pain ran through Jackson's careerIt was the last day of shooting for a Pepsi commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1984, and the only hiccup had been an argument between Michael Jackson and an ad executive over whether the young superstar would take off his sunglasses.

"Then," as the executive later wrote, "we set his hair on fire."Roberts: Supreme Court not setting school rulesWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.

(AP) — Don't look to the Supreme Court to set school rules, only to clarify them when officials have abdicated that responsibility, Chief Justice John Roberts said Saturday.

At a judicial conference, Roberts was asked how school administrators should interpret seemingly conflicting messages from the court in two recent decisions, including one Thursday that said Arizona officials conducted an unconstitutional strip-search of a teenage girl.

In 2007, the justices sided with an Alaska high school principal, ruling that administrators could restrict student speech if it appears to advocate illegal drug use.Facebook, Twitter and peers for sale - privatelyNEW YORK (AP) — Scott Painter makes his living betting on startup companies, having played a role in launching 29 of them over the years.

But with the bad economy choking initial public offerings and acquisitions, Painter is now backing an idea that makes it easier for insiders like him to sell shares in their companies even before they go public.

SharesPost, which was founded by Painter's business partner, Greg Brogger, launched publicly in June.

Through SharesPost's Web site, Painter is trying to sell shares in several companies he helped found, including car pricing startup

He also wants to buy shares in companies that are far from an IPO, like short-messaging site Twitter and business-networking site LinkedIn.Legality of S.C.

gov's tryst raises questionsCOLUMBIA, S.C.

(AP) — South Carolina Gov.

Mark Sanford admits he used bad judgment when he secretly visited his mistress during a state-funded trip to Argentina last year.

But did he break the law? As calls mounted for a criminal probe of the trade mission, a spokeswoman for the state's law enforcement division said it doesn't appear Sanford did anything illegal.Oudin, 17, stuns ex-No.

1 Jankovic at WimbledonWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As a tyke growing up in Marietta, Ga., Melanie Oudin would watch Venus and Serena Williams on TV and tell anyone who would listen that she was going to play at Wimbledon, too, one day.

Who knew she'd be right? And do so well, so quickly? Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press.

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