April 10, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday denied that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale restaurant last year, a contention dismissed by the prosecution as impossible. On trial in Pretoria's high court on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he also flatly denied firing a gun out of the roof of a car in 2012, although two witnesses, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and former friend Darren Fresco, testified that he had. Explaining how he fatally shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said he accidentally fired through the door of an enclosed toilet in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day after hearing a noise within.
April 9, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he "made a mistake. " “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp, that's what you did,” Nel barked. "You killed her. Won't you take responsibility for that?"
April 8, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- “That's the moment that everything changed,” South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday, describing the instant in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year when he said he heard the noise of a window opening in his bathroom, a few yards from the bedroom where he had been sleeping with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He said the only light in his bedroom came from a small LED light on his amplifier, which he had just covered with a pair of Steenkamp's jeans when he heard the window open.
April 8, 2014 |
Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday told a South African courtroom - and the world - his version of what happened the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. It was quite an emotional tale . But was it the truth? Sure, he cried and cried. Just as he did on Monday. But he didn't throw up, as he did during earlier testimony in the case. Nevertheless, the judge adjourned the trial to give Pistorius time to compose himself. So clearly Pistorius is upset.
April 7, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Olympian Oscar Pistorius made a tearful apology to the family of his girlfriend Monday as he stood trial for fatally shooting her in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius took the stand to tell the court his version of what happened that night. Courtroom benches were packed with supporters of both the athlete and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp . Pistorius' almost-whispered apology was so quiet that Judge Thokozile Masipa had to tell him to speak up. PHOTOS: Oscar Pistorius trial "I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mrs. and Mr. Steenkamp , to Reeva's family, to all those of you who knew her who are here today, to her family and friends,” he said.
April 7, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius told Pretoria's high court Monday that his religious faith had gotten him through the past year after he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. “It's definitely the thing that has got me through this past year,” Pistorius told the court. “My God's my God of refuge.” In an emotional day that saw Pistorius take the witness stand for the first time, his voice cracked repeatedly while talking about Steenkamp and his mother, who died when he was 15. He broke down in the morning, listening to testimony from a pathologist, Jan Botha, about Steenkamp's injuries.
April 7, 2014 |
One of the last remaining stars of Hollywood's golden era, Mickey Rooney was born to vaudeville parents, and appeared with them onstage by the age of 1. He became a star when he was signed to play the part of comic book hero Mickey McGuire in a series of successful shorts that began in 1927 with "Mickey's Circus" and ended with "Mickey's Derby Day" in 1936. But it was at MGM in the 1930s that the diminutive dynamo hit real fame, particularly with the "Andy Hardy" movie series that launched in 1937.
April 6, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Johan Gerber is a shy, neat man with iron-gray hair, a ready smile and a quiet voice. But on the streets, he has taken to carrying an open pocket knife with a mean 4-inch blade, concealed in an envelope and ready to use. Last month, three men accosted him in broad daylight, one of whom hit him in the stomach and grabbed his cellphone. A few years back, eight men surrounded him, held a knife to his throat and stole his wallet. His car and two trailers also have been stolen.
March 25, 2014 |
Twitter users are reporting that numerous tweets have begun to disappear, including the most retweeted picture of all time: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie. Users of the popular microblogging service began tweeting the disappearance of various tweets Tuesday afternoon. Twitter issued a statement saying that it has begun looking into what is causing some tweets to not display properly. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device The DeGeneres selfie, which previously could be found here , broke the record for most retweets after being posted by the entertainer during the 86th Academy Awards this month.