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NBA expects to lock out players after sides can't agree on money

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, left, and Commissioner David Stern talk about the lockout Thursday.(CNN) -- The NBA said Thursday it will recommend a lockout after the professional basketball league and players failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said owners could not agree to the players union call for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a deal. The current salary average is about $5 million.
While both sides described the negotiations as cordial, they agreed the gulf between them was too great to bridge by midnight Thursday, when the current agreement expires.

SI: Top questions as lockout looms
A lockout, which must be voted on by the league's labor relations committee, could jeopardize portions of the the 2011-2012 season.
"I'm not scared, but resigned to potential damage this could cause to our league," NBA Commissioner David Stern said.
"Now let's get down to business," said players union chief Billy Hunter. "We are trying to arrive at a win-win for both sides."
The news came just two weeks after the Dallas Mavericks won this year's NBA championship.
Stern told reporters the season was not profitable for most of the league's 30 owners and that they needed some cost-cutting help from players. Hunter contended there are other ways for clubs to save money.
The last previous work stoppage occurred in 1998.
Negotiations are expected to resume over the next two weeks.

NBA talks fail to reach agreement; lockout expected at midnight

June 30th, 2011
04:02 PM ET
The NBA said Thursday it will recommend a lockout after the professional basketball league and players failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement is set to expire at midnight tonight.

Defense rests in Casey Anthony trial

 Casey Anthony's defense rested Thursday in her capital murder trial without calling her to testify, ending weeks of speculation about whether she would take the stand in her own defense.
Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. questioned Anthony to ensure the decision not to take the stand was hers. She answered, "Yes, sir," or "yes" to his questions.
Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police, in Caylee's 2008 death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her. She has pleaded not guilty.
Anthony's defense team is trying to discredit the prosecution theory that the Orlando woman rendered Caylee unconscious with chloroform, duct-taped her mouth and nose, and stored the child's body in her car trunk for a few days before dumping it in the woods.
The defense says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Anthony and her father panicked and covered it up. George Anthony has denied those claims.
Caylee was last seen June 16, 2008, although she was not reported missing until 31 days later, on July 15. The little girl's skeletal remains were found in December of the same year near the Anthony home, with duct tape still attached to the mouth portion.
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Prosecutors began calling rebuttal witnesses after a brief tussle took place over one of those witnesses, as well as records turned over to the defense Thursday regarding another witness.
Perry refused to allow one witness to testify on the odor from Casey Anthony's trunk. Numerous witnesses have supported the prosecution's contention that it was the smell of human decomposition, but the defense has suggested a bag of trash left in the trunk for weeks was the source of the smell. Perry ruled the witness' testimony was not rebuttal.
The records are from the former employer of Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's mother. Prosecutors want to introduce them in an effort to prove Cindy Anthony was not home when searches for key words including chloroform were conducted on the Anthony family computer in March 2008.
Last week, Cindy Anthony testified that she searched for words including chloroform and alcohol. She said she was trying to figure out what was making one of her Yorkie dogs "extremely tired all the time." Both the dogs ate bamboo plants in the backyard, she said, so she started searching for chlorophyll to see if the plants could cause the dog's exhaustion.
She said she searched for other chemicals, including alcohol, because of a recent scare regarding hand sanitizers around small children and her concern for Caylee. She said she searched on some injuries as well, because a friend of hers had recently suffered head and chest injuries in a car accident. She told defense attorney Jose Baez that she was "looking up specific terminology that someone had asked me to look up."
When cross-examining Cindy Anthony, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick noted that time records from her job showed she was working the days -- March 17 and 21, 2008 -- and times the searches were conducted. Cindy Anthony said it was possible she could have been home at the time, as she went home early a couple of days that week.
She told Burdick she couldn't say for sure if she was home those days unless she could access the computer at her former job. When Burdick asked why she never tried to get that information, Cindy Anthony said her work passwords would have long since expired, as she left in July 2008.
Burdick told Perry on Thursday that she and authorities obtained a subpoena for those records after Cindy Anthony's testimony. She told the judge the prosecution received the records from Cindy Anthony's work phone and computer for the dates in question on Wednesday and gave them to the defense as soon as she could.
"This is way too late," Baez told Perry. "We're right at the close of our case."
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But Perry ruled prosecutors had not committed a discovery violation.
"Everyone knew this was coming based on Mrs. Anthony's testimony," he said. "I don't think it was any big surprise" that the prosecution obtained the records.
However, the judge said he would allow the defense time to go through the records and interview the company's custodian of records.
Earlier, the alleged mistress of Casey Anthony's father took the stand, testifying that George Anthony once told her the death of his 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee was "an accident that snowballed out of control."
"I was in shock," Krystal Holloway told jurors. "By the time I looked up, his eyes were filled with tears. I didn't elaborate. I didn't ask anything further."
As she testified, George and Cindy Anthony sat stoically in the gallery.
Holloway said she met the Anthonys at their tent -- the headquarters in the search for Caylee -- in July or August 2008. She said her relationship with George Anthony lasted for months, but she was also in a relationship at the time with someone else.
George Anthony has denied having an affair with Holloway. He did testify that he visited her, but said that she had told him and his wife that she had a brain tumor and was dying, and since she had donated her time to help his family find Caylee, he felt comforting her was "the least I could do."
Baez introduced into evidence a text message sent by George Anthony to Holloway on December 16, 2008, which said, "Just thinking about you. I need you in my life."
Holloway, who also uses the name River Cruz, testified that after the relationship ended, she had to instruct the guard at her apartment complex not to let George Anthony in anymore.
She said she kept quiet about the relationship for years, and when police first approached her and confronted her with text messages, she denied the relationship at first but later set the record straight.
On cross-examination, she acknowledged to prosecutor Jeff Ashton that she was paid $4,000 for an interview with the National Enquirer about the time she admitted the alleged affair to police. Holloway grew defensive after Ashton asked how the interview related to the change in her story, saying, "I had no choice but to tell the truth."
She said she was being "trashed" in the media and wanted to speak to the Enquirer because she felt other media would selectively edit her story.
She also acknowledged that, in another part of her statement to police, she said that George Anthony told her, "I really believe that it was an accident that just went wrong and (Casey Anthony) tried to cover it up."
Holloway hotly maintained that George Anthony did not actually say that, but Ashton pointed it out in her statement.
"He didn't tell you that he was present when this occurred, did he?" Ashton asked. "No," Holloway said.
"He never told you that he knew it himself, that he knew it to be the case?" the prosecutor questioned her.
"I just told you what he said," she replied.
Ashton asked her to read her statement, and asked her if it wasn't true that George Anthony made it clear he had no firsthand knowledge of what happened to Caylee. She admitted that was true.
Ashton also pointed out that in a letter to Holloway from George Anthony, he writes that he has been trying to send messages to her through her daughter, the security guard and her husband. Holloway said she was not married and did not believe George Anthony thought she was. George Anthony said in the letter how much Holloway's friendship meant to him and his wife, she admitted, and signed the letter with both of their names.
She also acknowledged George Anthony sent the text message five days after Caylee's remains were found.
Holloway was one of the defense's final witnesses as they presented their case.
After Holloway's testimony, Perry told jurors her testimony may be used to impeach George Anthony's credibility, but told them that her testimony is not proof of how Caylee died and is not evidence of Casey Anthony's guilt or innocence.
George Anthony, who offered some of the trial's most dramatic testimony on Wednesday, was recalled to the stand Thursday along with his wife and son to answer questions about the manner in which various family pets had been buried over the years.
Some of them, they testified, were buried with blankets in a black plastic bag and secured with tape. Cindy Anthony noted that some of the pets were secured that way by the veterinarian after they died. She said she didn't think it was duct tape, but Lee Anthony recalled using duct tape to secure a plastic bag on one occasion.
"I take it that you did not euthanize your own pets with chloroform?" prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick asked Cindy Anthony. She also asked whether duct tape was put on the animals' faces and Cindy Anthony said no.
"Have you ever taken a dead pet and thrown it in a swamp?" Ashton asked George Anthony, who said no.
Private investigator Dominic Casey was also recalled to the stand to answer brief questions about where he searched in November 2008 for Caylee in the same area where her remains were found a month later.
On Wednesday, George Anthony bristled at Baez's questions and at one point broke down and sobbed on the stand as he was questioned about his granddaughter and his suicide attempt that followed the discovery of her remains.
On January 22, 2009, the date of his attempt at suicide by drinking and taking pills, "It just felt like the right time to go and be with Caylee," George Anthony told prosecutor Jeff Ashton, his voice breaking. "... I just decided it was time for me to get away from all this, to spend time with Caylee."
As her father testified, Casey Anthony scribbled notes and occasionally shook her head angrily or whispered to her attorneys. No expression was visible on her face as she watched her father cry on the witness stand.

TRENDING: MSNBC contributor suspended over crass quip

TRENDING: MSNBC contributor suspended over crass quip(CNN) - MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin was suspended indefinitely Thursday from the cable network after calling President Obama a "d**k."

"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable," read a statement from MSNBC. "We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air."

Halperin, an editor at TIME magazine, said "I thought he [Obama] was a d**k yesterday," on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," referring to the president's Wednesday press conference. The comment came after he asked host Joe Scarborough if there was a delay on the program to allow words to be bleeped.
Halperin later apologized in the broadcast and in a statement.
"I completely agree with everything in MSNBC's statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate," Halperin said in the statement. "Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it."
TIME magazine is owned by Time Warner, which is also the parent company of CNN.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Prince William & Kate Feel the Love at Wimbledon

Prince William & Kate Feel the Love at WimbledonJust days before embarking on their busy North American tour,Prince William and Duchess Catherine relaxed a little on Monday with a visit to Wimbledon. 

The couple were greeted with an enthusiastic ovation as they took their seats in the front row of the Royal Box at Centre Court, with William smiling broadly – and blushing a little – at the adulation. 

Kate, fittingly wore a white Temperley London dress to the most traditional of tennis contests (where players are still required to wear predominantly white clothing.) The cooling choice was a good one, as temperatures shot up into the high 80s. 

They were in their seats around 1 p.m. in time to support British player Andy Murray in his match against Frenchman Richard Gasquet for a place in the quarterfinals. They gave Murray a standing ovation for his win and he graciously bowed to them in the stands. 

"They were talking to each other throughout the games," one guest tells PEOPLE. "There was a little gap between their seats and they kept leaning into each other to talk, and Kate's curtain of hair would fall down over her eyes. They were really enthusiastic." 

After spending about four hours seated, the couple took a break before watching Serena Williams's match – and her exit from the championship. During the following game, Raphael Nadal's, they took part in a Mexican wave. 

"For all of us who love tennis you could see that they were really into the games," the guest added. "They were not just there for the day out." 

The couple are in London as they continue with their briefings ahead of their Canada and Los Angeles tour, which kicks off in Ottawa on Thursday, insiders at the palace say. 

A spokesman at St. James's Palace said the couple were at Wimbledon "privately." It is well known that Kate, 29, loves tennis and plays regularly. She has visited Wimbledon a number of times. 

William, also 29 and a keen player, used to visit Centre Court with his mother, Princess Diana, when he was a boy.