August 19th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

Blurred Lines Lawsuit

Over 140 million hits on Youtube makes it pretty clear Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is a bonafide hit, but not without some controversy. He's been under fire recently for critics calling the song misogynistic... and now Robin Thicke has sued the family of one of the biggest music legends of all time.

Robin Thicke and his producers are going to court preemptively filing a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family and the copyright owner of his work, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

The issue are complaints about similarities in the compositions between Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and at least two other songs, including Gaye's hit "Got to Give it Up" among them.

The suit claims that Gaye's family alleges the songs "feel or sound the same." Thicke argues that "Blurred Lines" was meant to "evoke an era" and is "reminiscent of a sound," but that's not copyright infringement, or is it?

What do you think? Did Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" cross the line?

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"New Day" Anchors Get Ahold of US Open Tennis Championship Trophy
Kate Bolduan, Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira & Indra Petersons w/the US Open Tennis Championship's womens trophy
August 19th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

"New Day" Anchors Get Ahold of US Open Tennis Championship Trophy

"New Day" joined the US Open Trophy Tour this morning when Kate, Chris, Michaela and Indra got a chance to hold the womens trophy!

The 2013 US Open runs from Monday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept. 9.

The schedule of play for the 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournament – which takes place from Tuesday, Aug. 20, through Friday, Aug. 23 – will be posted when it becomes available Monday, Aug. 19.

US Open trophy

For updates, go to:

-Facebook: #usopen
-Twitter: @usopen, #usopen

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August 19th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Scotland Yard "Scoping" New Information about Princess Diana’s Death

Disturbing new information about Princess Diana’s death is now reviving conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around the 1997 crash that killed her.

The shocking new allegation claims British special forces were behind the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

“Scotland Yard says this is the first time since that exhaustive inquest into the death of Princess Diana concluded in 2008 that they are assessing new information, which has sent the British press and social media buzzing,” CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

“It's the latest conspiracy theory about Diana's death, coming almost 16 years after that horrific middle-of-the-night car crash, a high speed paparazzi chase through a tunnel in Paris, with a deadly end.”

Scotland Yard released a statement saying it is "scoping" the new information, "assessing its relevance and credibility".

“According to British Newspaper, the Sunday People, the claim surfaced in a seven page letter, written by the estranged in-laws of an unidentified special forces sniper,” McLaughlin reports.

“In the handwritten letter they allege their former son-in-law boasted that the British SAS was behind the deaths.”

The new claims fuel the obsession many have with Princess Diana.

“People don't want to believe that someone as loved as Princess Diana can just die in a road accident,” Royal Analyst Mark Saunders says.

“It just isn't enough. They want more.”

But Scotland Yard’s exhaustive investigation into the tragic car crash had concluded that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed by the gross negligence of their driver and of the paparazzi chasing them that night.

And Scotland Yard has made it clear, for the moment the new claims will not reopen that investigation.

“Buckingham Palace is not commenting,” McLaughlin reports, but those who know the royal family have been quick to dismiss the claim.”

Just one of many conspiracy theories, “I don't think people are taking it hugely seriously,” says CNN Royal Commentator Katie Nicholl.

Just days away before the 16th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Nicholl says the timing of the claim needs to be taken into consideration.

“Was this sort of leaked deliberately because of the timing?” Nicholl asks. “One does wonder.”

Princes William and Harry have said in the past that such conspiracy theories are hurtful to them to hear.

“I think they just want their mother's memory left in peace, but it just seems that that cannot happen,” Nicholl says.

“There is too much interest in her, even today.”

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August 19th, 2013
12:02 PM ET

12-Year-Old Recovers from Bear Mauling

Bears don't often attack humans. In fact, Michigan normally only receives two bear encounter reports per year despite their bear population of about 10,000.

But just this past week alone, at least seven people have been attacked by bears throughout the country.

A 12-year-old girl in Michigan is one of them. Abigail Wetherell is now recovering from a terrifying attack by a black bear that left deep gashes on her thigh.

"A bear just kind of came out of nowhere knocked her to the ground,” Abigail’s mother Elizabeth Wetherell says. “She went to get up to try to get away and the bear came back at her again."

“To survive she relied on instinct,” CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin reports.

“She decided the best bet was to lay there and play dead,” Wetherell says.

Sambolin says, "This attack is the latest in a string of bear maulings across the country."

“Last week, a brown bear mauled a hunter in the northern Alaskan wilderness,” Sambolin reports. “He survived a harrowing 36 hours until the Air National Guard spotted him using night-vision goggles and airlifted him to safety.”

Many are now wondering what's causing the rise in bear attacks.

"The reason why we're having bear attacks now is because we have vacationers out in the areas where bears live,” explains Tom Stalf, President and CEO of Columbus Zoo.

“They're out foraging and looking for food."

“And this morning, Michigan wildlife officials in Michigan are running tests on a bear that they killed to see if it's the same one that mauled Abby Wetherell on Thursday evening,” Sambolin says.

“The bear was killed about two miles from the area where Wetherall was attacked according to the state's Department of Natural Resources.”

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