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Pistorius trial - key points from day two

Day two of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial for the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year was dominated by the testimony of three prosecution witnesses and the judge's rebuke over media coverage of the hearings. Here are the highlights of Tuesday's proceedings: - The defence resumed its tough cross examination of Michelle Burger, Pistorius's neighbour. Burger remained adamant the screams she heard on February 14, 2013, came from a woman, not Pistorius, and that she heard gunshots, not the bashing of a cricket bat into the toilet door.

Neighbour says heard terrible screams from Pistorius home

The first witness in South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius's murder trial testified Monday that she heard terrible screams coming from his home on the night of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death. At around 3 am (0100 GMT) on Valentine's Day last year Michelle Burger told the court in Pretoria she awoke to hear a woman's voice. "She screamed terribly and she yelled for help." bur-arb/txw

Christian metal singer pleads guilty in California murder plot

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The lead singer for the heavy metal Christian rock band As I Lay Dying pleaded guilty in California on Tuesday to a charge of soliciting an undercover detective posing as a hit man to kill his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis, 33, entered the plea in a San Diego court as part of a deal that will net him a 9-year prison sentence, said his attorney, Thomas Warwick. Lambesis remains free on $2 million bail until his May 2 sentencing hearing, Warwick said.

Rockers Motley Crue announce retirement tour

Veteran US rockers Motley Crue announced their retirement on Tuesday, unveiling plans for one last tour before they thrash into the sunset next year. The Los Angeles-based band, together for over three decades, will play 72 dates in North America starting in July before continuing the appropriately named Final Tour internationally next year. "Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll," said Rick Franks of tour promoters Live Nation, announcing the tour with Alice Cooper as special guest.

Rockers Motley Crue announce retirement tour

Veteran US rockers Motley Crue announced their retirement on Tuesday, unveiling plans for one last tour before they thrash into the sunset next year. The Los Angeles-based band, together for over three decades, will play 72 dates in North America starting in July before continuing the appropriately named Final Tour internationally next year. "Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll," said Rick Franks of tour promoters Live Nation, announcing the tour with Alice Cooper as special guest.

Heavy metal legends Metallica play concert in Antarctica

Carlini Station, Antarctica, Dec 9 (EFE).- Emblematic heavy metal band Metallica played a concert here for 100 contest-winners who listened to hits such as "Sad But True" through headphones as the group dispensed with amplifiers to spare the local wildlife. The performance took place inside a small, transparent dome next to the heliport at Argentina's Carlini Station. With the Fourcade glacier as a backdrop, the California band played 10 songs for winners of a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero.

Heavy metal band Metallica gets Antarctica gig

Metallica has announced it will perform in Antarctica for the first time, in a rare gig that won't be amplified. "After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth ... except for one," the US group said on its website Thursday. "That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!!" The concert will take place on December 8 near the heliport and inside a dome on Argentina's Carlini base.

Norwegian rocker's French trial deferred to June

The trial of a Norwegian metal musician accused of inciting racial hatred was Thursday postponed to June, as his lawyer said he was not given enough time to prepare a defence. Black metal musician Kristian Vikernes was arrested in July in France's central Correze region on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks but was released after 48 hours due to lack of evidence. He was however charged with inciting racial hatred and defending war crimes on his blog. Police allegedly found racist and anti-Semite material in his computer as well.

Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period.

Christian rock singer to stand trial in California murder-for-hire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The lead singer in a heavy metal Christian rock band has been ordered by a California judge on Monday to stand trial for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover sheriff's deputy to kill his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old lead singer in the band As I Lay Dying, will stand trial in San Diego County Superior Court in Vista, California, and faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.
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