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Lawyers move in Jackson case

Attorneys for the doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death are seeking the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the singer's father.

Attorneys for Dr Conrad Murray sought the dismissal in a motion filed in Los Angeles.

The documents ask a judge to dismiss the case on the basis that Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, did not have the legal right to file the case on grounds that he's not a beneficiary of the estate.

Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in criminal court.

Mother 'gave tot marijuana'

A woman in Ohio has been accused of giving marijuana to her two-year-old daughter and using her mobile phone to record the child smoking the drug.

Investigators say 21-year-old Jessica Gamble of Springfield Township in Cincinnati gave the girl the marijuana and a person they haven't identified gave a copy of the video to the state family services agency.

The video shows the child handling and puffing on a marijuana cigarette.

Pakistan vows to fight Taliban

Pakistan's intelligence services are willing to work more closely with Afghanistan to fight Taliban militants, the president said after talks with the Afghan leader.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai said he and president Asif Ali Zardari had discussed ways to tackle militants' sanctuaries and training grounds. "The reality is that they (the militants) must have a base somewhere," he said. "Those who are attacking us in Afghanistan and those who are attacking you in Pakistan don't come from, say, the Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso or Brazil."

Palin's appeal to Republicans

Sarah Palin says it's time for Republican Party bosses to put aside their differences and capitalise on victories by Tea Party-backed candidates heading into the November election.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate spoke to about 1,000 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She told the crowd voters had six weeks to turn things around and "rein in the federal government".