ENT : Michael Jackson Tops Forbes List Of Highest-Earning Dead Celebs “

King of Pop Michael Jackson tops the Forbes list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities for the second year in a row.

The late King Of Pop continues to rake in big bucks posthumously, bringing in $140 million in earnings according to the magazine.

His CD “Xscape” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and his holographic image appeared on the Billboard Music Awards in a move to continue his relativity in the industry.

Jackson’s song, “Love Never Felt So Good” a duet with Justin Timberlake, hit the Billboard Top 100 upon its release in May of 2014.

Rounding out the list of the top deceased earners are as follows: Elvis Presley, Charles Schultz, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Bette Page, Theodor Geisel, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee and Jenni Rivera.

In total, the list tops earnings of over $363.5M dollars.

Forbes editors stated they compiled their list by speaking to estate managers, agents and music publishers to come up with estimates of what each estate brought in between October 2013 and October 2014 , stay with us for more information on http://www.Allcelebritiesworld.WordPress.com!!!

CRIME : Oscar Pistorius’s fall from grace forced South Africa to reflect upon itself “

Athlete’s trial fed his nation’s appetite for melodrama and revealed how it careers from giddy heights to miserable depths .

What has happened to this man? He was on the rise, he was like an icon, he was going to make lots of money … He has not earned a penny since. He has no sponsors. It’s a person that’s down and out. He’s broken. He’s not only broke but he’s broken. There is nothing left of this man. But we will show it’s far worse than that.”

These were the words of Barry Roux, loyal defence counsel for Oscar Pistorius, pleading last week for a high court judge to temper justice with mercy. The lawyer set out in stark terms how the 27-year-old had gone from the adulation of cheering crowds at an Olympic stadium to sobbing on the witness stand of his own murder trial, his soul exposed to the world. The same cameras that chased his glories and gold medals now hunted his pain.

Worst of all, Roux said, was Pistorius’s knowledge that he alone was the author of his downfall. It was he who pulled the trigger just after 3am on 14 February 2013, firing four lethally expanding bullets through a locked toilet door and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model. Thus entire lives can pivot on a few unfathomable seconds. As the Paralympian told the court: “That’s the moment that everything changed.

His had appeared to be the ultimate triumph of will over the cards that life can deal. Born without fibulas, Pistorius’s lower legs were amputated when he was 11 months old. Six months later, he was walking on prosthetic limbs. He survived bullying at school, including an incident when pupils hid his prosthetics as he slept, set his bed and locker on fire, woke him and told him the building was burning down. His mother died when he was 15 and his father remains largely absent from his life.

Sport was my salvation, as it helped me get through this difficult time,” he wrote later. “My mother had been a strong woman; the centre of my world. Sporting activity was the only thing that could distract me from such a loss.

Hours in the gym unlocked a natural gift on the track. He went on to be one of the fastest men in the world, a moral example to millions, an explorer pushing the boundaries of sport. In 2011 a billboard was mounted in New York’s Times Square, advertising a new fragrance from Thierry Mugler called A*Men. It featured a picture of Pistorius with his prosthetics cast in chrome. The strapline said .A modern hero, an exceptional athlete.

The Blade Runner was a media darling, handsome, charming and widely liked. He told one interviewer that his fantasy dinner party would consist of Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, James Dean and Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. In 2012 he was profiled in the New York Times magazine. “Pistorius is, as well, blessed with an uncommon temperament – a fierce, even frenzied need to take on the world at maximum speed and with minimum caution,” the article observed with remarkable prescience. “It is an athlete’s disposition, that of a person who believes himself to be royalty of a certain kind – a prince of the physical world. Hanging out with Pistorius can be a great deal of fun. You also quickly understand that he is more than a little crazy … As he put together lunch for all of us – fruit smoothies, breaded chicken fillets he pulled from the refrigerator – he mentioned that a security alarm in the house had gone off the previous night, and he had grabbed his gun and tiptoed downstairs. (It turned out to be nothing.)”

Then there was London, the pinnacle of his achievement. Pistorius became the first amputee in Olympic history to compete on the track. Eighty-thousand spectators roared him on. Peet Van Zyl, his manager and agent, recalled in an interview: “It was mad. The reaction of the crowd was something special. It was one of the biggest highlights of his career.

Van Zyl believes there were two stars of the London Games: Usain Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder, and Oscar Pistorius. “He had the revenue and the marketability – he had everything. He was smart, he was good-looking, he had good business sense, he had it all. He was always on time, he was professional, he was a dream to work with. His potential was just huge. Everything was in place for the next five years.

Proposed sponsorships and brand endorsement deals flooded in from around the world. Companies offered to fly Pistorius in a private jet to meet them. Van Zyl had to turn many down. Then there was the new girlfriend whom Pistorius had met on 4 November 2013. Van Zyl said he immediately recognised Steenkamp’s additional marketing potential. “They could have been the South African equivalent of Posh and Becks. We were very aware of that.

When the shooting happened on Valentine’s day last year, two major international firms were on the brink of signing Pistorius as a brand ambassador, deals that would continue beyond his expected retirement in 2017. These, along with existing contracts with the likes of Nike and Oakley sunglasses, were terminated when the athlete was convicted of culpable homicide.

Pistorius was arrested and taken to court to apply for bail. He stood in the dock, head bowed, eyes shut, as dozens of cameras clicked close to his face. He wore a suit and tie but might as well have stood naked. It was a scene of public torment that some observers compared with the medieval desire for justice through the stocks or gallows.

In March this year came “the trial of the century” and, like his most important races, it was broadcast live around the world. The once proud athlete wept, trembled, howled, bent double and vomited as he listened to clinical details of how the hollow-tipped bullets he fired tore into the flesh of Steenkamp. At one point he sobbed so hard that his shirt was “soaking wet” and proceedings had to be halted.

His psychologist, Dr Lore Hartzenberg, told the court: “We are left with a broken man who has lost everything.” Watched by his agonised family, the 27-year-old once dubbed a “pioneer on the posthuman frontier” was reduced to a pathetic shell.

Jaco van Vuuren, an athletics coach who has known Pistorius for 12 years, was also the court sketch artist covering the trial for CNN and other broadcasters. “I’ve got a fondness for history so I like to be in a court,” he said. “There’s an emotion and intensity that no other place can give you. I didn’t expect this to be so severe. Once or twice there was a lump in my throat.

“From the first day when he broke down, it was from hero to zero. Ninety-nine per cent of people would have wanted to be in his position, with all the fame and wealth, before the night of the killing. But 100% of people would not want to be in his position after that night.”

Van Vuuren, 43, spoke to Pistorius regularly during breaks. “What happened that night, I know he regrets it. He would give anything to take that night away. It was a moment of madness and this is the result.

Pistorius’s intimate WhatsApp exchanges with Steenkamp were published and pored over. But nothing was more charged or riveting than the opening of prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s cross-examination of Pistorius, confronting him with the reality of all he had lost. “Mr Pistorius, you were, and still are, one of the most recognised faces in the world, do you agree?” Nel rasped.

“I agree, my lady,” replied the athlete hesitantly, addressing judge Thokozile Masipa.

Nel: “You are a model for sportsmen, able-bodied and disabled, all over the world?”

Pistorius: “I think I was, my lady. But I’ve made a terrible mistake … ”

Nel: “You made a mistake? You killed a person. That’s what you did, isn’t it?”

Pistorius: “I made a mistake, my lady.

Nel: “You killed Reeva Steenkamp. That’s what you did.”

Pistorius: “I made a mistake, my lady.

Nel: “You’re repeating it three times! What was your mistake?

Pistorius: “My mistake was that I took Reeva’s life, my lady.

Nel: “You killed her! You shot and killed her! Why won’t you take responsibility for that?”

Pistorius: “I did, my lady.

Nel: “Say it then! Say ‘Yes, I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp’.

Pistorius: “I did, my lady.

Much has been written about how this was a Greek or Shakespearean fall from grace. Pistorius is Icarus and Oedipus and Macbeth and Othello and Dostoyevsky’s Rodion Raskolnikov and Hardy’s Michael Henchard and Milton’s Satan, “dropped from the zenith like a falling star”. But Nel repeatedly accused of him of refusing to take responsibility for his actions. It is this that persuades Margie Orford, a crime novelist, that he lacks literary grandeur.

“Pistorius’s version is that he did not think when he shot and is therefore not culpable for his crime and that’s why he is not responsible,” she said. “It’s inherently childish and narcissistic. You look at Oedipus, Othello, Macbeth, all of them said they didn’t think but acknowledged they are culpable. They all said, ‘I did that thing’. That’s a tragic hero.

“Pistorius is non-heroic. All that crying was so childish. He’s not a child, he’s a grown man who shot somebody. There’s nothing redeeming about it, only a feeling of shame. A young woman died because a young man was incapable of thinking. He’s the antithesis of those great heroic figures.”

But Pistorius did feed a South African appetite for melodrama. One look at its media shows how the nation careers from giddy heights to the miserable depths, from Nelson Mandela’s election in 1994 and the World Cup in 2010 to the Marikana mine massacre or prophecies of state failure. In this, Pistorius’s descent from the sporting gods to personal hell is a tragic parable.

Jonny Steinberg, an author and academic, said: “The trial has shown how South Africans crave a hero and yet how suspicious they are of their heroes. He seemed to be miraculous. But scratch the surface and he is rotten underneath. Many South Africans feel that way about their country !!

WORLD : Isis ascent in Syria and Iraq weakening Pakistani Taliban “

Islamic State’s military prowess and string of defections leave once-formidable Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on the ropes .

The dramatic rise of Islamic State (Isis) in Syria and Iraq is helping to tear apart the Pakistani Taliban, the beleaguered militant group beset by infighting and splits.

Once the country’s largest and most feared militant coalition, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been on the ropes since a US drone strike killed its charismatic leader Hakimullah Mehsud in 2013, a blow followed this summer by the launch of a military onslaught against the group’s sanctuaries.

But the latest challenge to the TTP has come from the startling military successes of Isis and its demand that all Muslims pledge allegiance to the new caliphate it announced in June.

The claim to global Islamic leadership by the self-styled caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatens to undermine the TTP, which draws considerable authority from the fact that its symbolic figurehead is Mullah Omar, the one-eyed village preacher who ruled the original Taliban “emirate” in Afghanistan prior to the US-led invasion of 2001.

This week the TTP’s beleaguered leadership announced it had sacked its spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, after the high profile militant announced he had pledged his personal allegiance to Baghdadi.

The statement published on the movement’s Facebook page said the spokesman had left the group some time before and reiterated that the TTP’s leader, Mullah Fazlullah, continued to back Mullah Omar, “the emir of believers”.

Last week an audio recording was circulated in which Shahid and five other senior Taliban commanders from across Pakistan’s troubled north-western borderlands with Afghanistan announced they were now followers of Baghdadi.

Mohammad Amir Rana, head of the security thinktank the Pak Institute of Peace Studies, said the turning of Pakistani militants towards Isis was highly significant. “This shows [Isis] has captured the imagination and it will encourage many other smaller groups who have been waiting and watching to see what the major groups do.”

The challenge from Isis is just the latest facing the TTP, which has repeatedly splintered since Fazlullah took control of the movement last year after a bitter succession dispute.

Not being a member of the Mehsud tribe which had dominated the TTP, Fazlullah was unable to hold together a coalition of militant groups that originally joined together in 2007.

The movement has fragmented into at least four groups, in part due to disagreements over strategy: whether militants committed to imposing sharia law on the country by force should engage in peace talks offered by the government.

Fazlullah’s authority was further undermined by the fact that he is based in the relative safety of eastern Afghanistan at a time when Pakistan’s army is engaged in a major operation to destroy the TTP’s sanctuary in North Waziristan, which the army claims has killed 1,100 militants since it was launched on 15 June.

Although the TTP disarray and loss of its North Waziristan hideout have contributed to a sharp fall in terrorist attacks in Pakistan, analysts warn that the movement and its various splinter groups are anxious to prove they can still inflict serious damage.

Ehsan Ehsanullah, spokesman of the largest and most formidable new group, the TTP Jamat-ul-Ahrar, told the Report they were now “the real TTP” because they had been joined by so many of the Pakistani Taliban’s original founders.

And he claimed the loss of North Waziristan had not affected their fighting strength. “Before the operation in North Waziristan was launched we moved our resources and basics to safe places,” he wrote in an email exchange. “Changing headquarters does not change ideologies, strategies and the desire to ruin the enemies !!

IN ENT : Body found near river could be actress- Police”

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.”

A woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham’s name on them were found nearby.

Stocker said Thursday evening that the body had been turned over to a medical examiner to confirm the identification and determine the cause of death.

“Although we do not have positive identification of the body, it is presumed to be Misty Upham,” Stocker said in a statement. “At this point we do not have any evidence or information to believe there is foul play.”

A family friend found the body while a group of friends and family were searching in the area.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after they told police she was suicidal.

Misty Upham’s father, Charles Upham, told KIRO-FM his daughter was upset and erratic and had stopped taking medication for anxiety and bipolar disorder.

The family said Upham had moved to the Seattle area to help care for her father, who’s recovering from a stroke. She had been staying on the Muckleshoot reservation !!!

IN TECH : Apple’s new iPads sport modest upgrades; minis start at $399 “

Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices.

Pre-orders start Friday for the larger iPad Air 2, priced at $499 and up, with shipping beginning next week. The smaller iPad mini 3 will be about $100 cheaper.

Marketing chief Phil Schiller, calling the larger tablet the world’s slimmest, described several new features such as an anti-reflective screen and confirmed the inclusion of the “Touch ID” sensor, already available on the latest iPhones.

Apple may struggle, however, to arouse the same passion for tablets as in past years, among consumers faced with an abundance of hand-held, touch-screen devices.

Tablet sales are set to rise only 11 percent this year, according to tech research firm Gartner, compared to 55 percent last year, even as smartphone sales continue to soar and personal computer sales are waning.

Tablet sales for Apple, which defined the category with the iPad just four years ago, have fallen for two straight quarters. Investors remain focused on the iPhone, Apple’s main revenue generator, but a prolonged downturn in iPad sales would threaten about 15 percent of the company’s revenue.

The new iPads will go up against recently introduced tablets from Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc in coming months.

Shares of Apple edged down 0.6 percent to $96.95 at mid-afternoon.

Apple also said it will launch its new electronic payments service on Monday, after the iPhone maker signed up another 500 banks to support a feature that competes with eBay Inc’s PayPal and other online systems.

Chief Executive Tim Cook said developers were beginning to design apps for its upcoming Watch.

Apple last month introduced the Watch, its first new device since the iPad in 2010. The company’s entry into the rapidly expanding wearable computing arena will be available only from 2015, but Cook said software development kits for the device will be available from November.

Also in Thursday’s line-up was a new iMac with a “retina” or high-end display.

HEALTH : Texas health worker isolated on cruise ship over possible Ebola contact “

Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has been isolated on a cruise ship despite showing no symptoms of the disease, the Department of State said on Friday.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker, who did not have direct contact with now deceased Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan but could have processed his bodily fluids 19 days ago, left on a cruise from Galveston on Sunday, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

U.S. concerns have intensified after two nurses from the Dallas hospital who cared for Duncan contracted the virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa. President Barack Obama’s administration is facing sharp criticism from lawmakers over its efforts to contain the disease at home.

The employee has been self-monitoring since last Monday and has yet to develop a fever or show any other symptom of Ebola, the statement said. The worker and a companion voluntarily isolated themselves in their cabin, and U.S. officials are arranging for the ship to return to the country.

“We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abundance of caution,” Psaki said in the statement.

The person left the country before being notified of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated requirement for active monitoring, the statement said.

The Government of Belize said in a statement hours earlier that it had denied a request by U.S. officials to use a Belizean airport to transport a cruise ship passenger considered to be a very low risk for Ebola.

“The passenger never set foot in Belize,” the statement said. “When even the smallest doubt remains, we will ensure the health and safety of the Belizean people.

The maximum incubation window for the disease is 21 days !!!

WORLD HEALTH :Obama ,Ebola point person ‘may be appropriate’

Under pressure to select an Ebola “czar” to lead the U.S. response against the disease, President Barack Obama conceded Thursday it “may be appropriate” to designate a single individual to head the administration effort.

Obama also said he is “not philosophically opposed” to a travel ban from the Ebola-afflicted region of West Africa “if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe.” But he said such a measure could be counterproductive.

He said his team of Ebola advisers is doing “an outstanding job.” But he said several of them, including Centers for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden and Lisa Monaco, his top counterterrorism adviser, are also confronting other priorities. He noted that Frieden is also dealing with flu season and Monaco and national security adviser Susan Rice, with the Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

“It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure we are crossing all the Ts and dotting all the Is,” he said.

Calls for Obama to institute a temporary travel ban grew Thursday, mainly from Republicans who said the growing outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia is creating a greater traveling threat.

But Obama said a ban could increase the instance of travelers avoiding detection.

“They are less likely to get screened and we may have more cases of Ebola rather than less,” he said.

Obama spoke at the end of a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, White House chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Frieden, Monaco, and Rice.

Obama on Thursday also authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.

Separately, Obama placed phone calls to House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the administration’s response to the disease.

He also called Ohio Gov. John Kasich to discuss steps the administration took after a Dallas nurse traveled to the state over the weekend before being diagnosed with Ebola. The nurse was one of two health care workers who became ill after treating a Liberian man with Ebola at a Dallas hospital. Obama said he also spoke with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to make sure Dallas and the state had the resources to respond if more health workers were exposed and contracted Ebola.

The White House said Obama also placed calls to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. The White House said Obama and the two leaders discussed the need for an urgent international response to the epidemic in Africa.

Obama canceled a Thursday campaign trip to stay at the White House and focus on Ebola. It was the second day in a row he nixed a planned trip because of the outbreak !!