The Week That Was: Chris Appears, Steele Apologizes

Chris Brown appeared in court for allegedly beating up Rihanna, Jacko announced he'll do one final tour and Karl Rove agreed to be questioned. Check out the top stories from the past week.

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Chris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday to face felony charges of assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, but the proceedings took an anticlimatic turn as lawyers agreed to delay the case.
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Despite Rihanna's apparent decision to take back her allegedly-abusive boyfriend, Chris Brown, the songbird's lawyer, Donald Etra, said she would testify in the case against him -- if required.
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Bernard Madoff will plead guilty sometime next week, says a law enforcement official. Under the terms of the deal, Madoff will serve prison time, must help the government put together a full accounting of what happened and help his former investors recover whatever is possible, the official says.
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Chris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday to face felony charges of assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, but the proceedings took an anticlimatic turn as lawyers agreed to delay the case.
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Michael Jackson announced Thursday that he will perform the final concerts of his career in July. "This is it. This is it," Jackson said, as the fans screamed. "These will be my final shows, performances, in London. This is it. And when I say this is it, I mean this is it."
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has dropped out of Surgeon General consideration reportedly to devote more time to his medical career. Gupta, a former White House fellow and special advisor to Hillary Clinton, was reportedly approached by Obama staffers in November to discuss the Surgeon General position.
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Sen. John McCain is twittering about what he believes are the "porkiest projects" in the stimulus bill. Given McCain's legendary lack of technology chops, this latest stunt is almost certainly the work of some hapless intern.
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The Dallas Cowboys announced Wednesday they were releasing wide receiver Terrell Owens. The organization didn't give a formal reason for the release, but pretty much anyone that's even remotely familiar with professional football can guess why: the Cowboys no longer thought T.O.'s talent was worth the trouble.
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Funnyman Robin Williams will undergo heart surgery at a South Florida hospital where he was admitted Monday after the actor complained of shortness of breath. A statement from Williams' representative said the 57-year old will have "to undergo surgery for an aortic valve replacement" and will postpone his comedy tour until the fall.
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President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, had a swing set installed Wednesday for their daughters Malia and Sasha on the south grounds of the White House within sight of the Oval Office, where their father spends plenty of time.
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Karl Rove and Harriet Miers agreed Wednesday to be questioned by the House Judiciary Committee about the role of George W. Bush's White House in the politically motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.
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President Barack Obama's favorability rating is at a all-time high after six weeks in the Oval Office, with more than two-thirds of respondents approving of the newest commander in chief.
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Dressed as a sexy ringmaster and directing a colorful cast that included jugglers, acrobats and martial arts dancers, Britney kicked off her "Circus" tour Tuesday, her first in five years, in her home state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Arena.
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It came out Wednesday that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will be considering the options President Obama has offered in a letter sent last month. Obama reportedly will back away from deploying a missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Russia helps control Iran's nuclear weapons program.
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The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has begun consulting his top defense advisers on how to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military.
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An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday in the Chandra Levy murder case for Ingmar Guandique, who investigators say has been a person of interest in the case since 2002 and will be charged with first-degree murder upon his transfer from a California federal prison to the District.
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The Justice Department released a long-secret legal document from 2001 in which the Bush administration claimed the military could search and seize terror suspects in the United States without warrants.
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The Coast Guard called off the search Tuesday for three missing boaters: Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former University of South Florida player William Bleakley, three days after their boat capsized Saturday.
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Almost a year after Jimmy Fallon was named new host of NBC's "Late Night," and 10 days after predecessor Conan O'Brien departed, Fallon made his debut Monday.
20/22
Japanese stocks fell to a fresh 26-year low Tuesday after the Dow Jones industrial average closed below 7,000 for the first time in more than 11 years on growing fears over the health of the U.S. financial sector.
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President Obama introduced Sebelius on Monday as his choice to run HHS, including overseeing Medicare and Medicaid, the twin government health programs for the elderly and the poor. Their spiraling costs threaten to bankrupt the country.
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RNC Chairman Michael Steele apologized for dismissing Rush Limbaugh in an interview on CNN as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.” The apology came after Limbaugh reacted on his radio show by saying that he would be embarrassed to be a leader of the Republican party.
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