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June 30th, 2009
05:19 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday June 30, 2009

Iraqi soldiers parade to mark the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities and towns across the nation on June 30, 2009, in the city of Karbala, 110 kms south of the capital Baghdad. Getty Images
Iraqi soldiers parade to mark the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities and towns across the nation on June 30, 2009, in the city of Karbala, 110 kms south of the capital Baghdad. Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • New pictures and new details emerging about the final days and minutes of Michael Jackson’s life, as the fight for Jackson’s family and fortune begins.  Joe Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton held a rather bizarre news conference yesterday, in which Michael’s father said there will be no funeral until the family sees private autopsy results.  Investigators also returned to Jackson’s rented home, and left with medications.  We're live in Encino, California.
  • Also new information on the sudden death of TV’s most recognizable pitchman, Billy Mays. A medical examiner in Florida said Mays had an enlarged heart and probably had a heart attack in his sleep, so the hit on the head he suffered during a rough plane landing, probably did not kill him.
  • It's not over yet.  An official tells the Associated Press that at least ten more people may be charged with helping Bernie Madoff pull off the biggest rip-off in history.  A judge sentenced the 60 billion dollar con man to 150 years in prison yesterday.
  • Explosions over Iraq this morning, but ones in celebration.  There were fireworks as U.S. forces officially turned over control of cities and towns to Iraqi security forces.  The government has named June 30th "National Sovereignty Day,” but can Iraqi soldiers and police keep the country safe? We're live on the ground in Baghdad.

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  1. Daniel Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I think we should pull all our troops out now and let the Iraqi forces take full control over their country. They probably will turn against each other but it is not in our national interest to stop an inevitable civil war between the three different parties! It is in our national interest to stop the Iranian regime from their terrorist support and the building of nuclear weapons and we should use all our forces in the region to remove the regime from power or we will have a regional war between the Sunnis and Shiites within the Islamic nations vying for power!

    June 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  2. nancy

    I hope Iraq doesn't eventually come back whining on wanting HELP again!!

    June 30, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  3. Larry

    The end of a war that was unnecessary to begin with. 4320 American lives lost, 30,000 American injuries and an estimated 100,000 innocent Iraqi lives lost. All for nothing.

    Bush and Cheney need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent for this.

    June 30, 2009 at 6:50 am |
  4. Fred

    CNN, I'm very disappointed with coverage this morning. Today is a significant marker in ending the war in Iraq. History will view today as the official end to 6 years of war. On AM you chose to headline with the ongoing Michael Jackson saga. I would expect this from Extra or Entertainment Tonight, but not from a respectable news agency. CNN you lost a little of my respect this morning.

    June 30, 2009 at 6:19 am |