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  |   July 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Rock star Marcel Curuchet dies at 40

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 16 (UPI) -- Uruguayan rock star Marcel Curuchet died in a New Jersey hospital of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident, officials said.

Curuchet, 40, lost control of a motorcycle he was riding to New York Thursday afternoon and was thrown from the bike into the concrete barrier along the highway, The Jersey Journal, Jersey City, N.J., reported.

He was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition Friday, police said.

Curuchet's band, No Te Va Gustar, for which he played keyboards, informed fans of his death Saturday via their Facebook page.

"With the deepest sorrow we announce the death of our colleague and friend Marcel Curuchet," the band's message said.


Cause of Stallone's death still unknown

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner says the cause of Sage Stallone's death will be determined after toxicology tests are completed.

The 36-year-old son of Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his home last Friday. Police said there were no signs of foul play.

The New York Post has reported a prescription drug overdose is suspected, but it is unclear whether it could have been accidental or a suicide.

CNN said an autopsy conducted Sunday proved inconclusive and a cause of death won't be announced for about two months after officials review the results from toxicology tests.

Sage Stallone's attorney, George Braunstein, told KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, the actor, director and producer was engaged to be married and was working on various film projects at the time of his death.

He appeared alongside his father in the 1990s movies "Daylight" and "Rocky V."


NBC News now fully owns msnbc.com

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- NBC News announced in New York Monday it is now full owner and operator of MSNBC Digital Network, which includes msnbc.com and TODAY.com.

Also included in the group are NightlyNews.com, BreakingNews.com, Newsvine.com and EveryBlock.com, as well as the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties.

NBC News President Steve Capus said NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, acquired Friday from Microsoft its 50 percent share of the joint venture that was formed in 1996. All of NBC News' digital businesses, including MSNBC Digital Network properties, theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com, NBCPolitics.com, EducationNation.com, social media and all of the network's digital initiatives, will combine to form a new division called NBC News Digital.

Under the NBC News umbrella, NBC News Digital joins the news network's television properties including "TODAY," "NBC Nightly News," "Meet the Press," "Dateline" and "Rock Center"; its cable arm, MSNBC TV; its radio and mobile arms, NBC News Radio and NBC News Mobile; its educational arm, NBC Learn; its production arm, Peacock Productions; its NBCUniversal partners, CNBC, The Weather Channel and Telemundo; and more than 200 of its local affiliate stations across the country.

The current msnbc.com Web site has been renamed NBCNews.com.

"When msnbc.com launched 16 years ago, it set the standard for how people consume news online -- creating trends and leading the marketplace. Today, NBC News enters a new phase of its history better positioned to compete and grow in a digital environment, as well as deliver consumers and clients a multi-platform news experience unlike anything else in the industry," Capus said in a statement. "We'd like to thank Microsoft for everything they've done for this partnership and for helping us build these properties into what they are today."

"After years of working together with NBC to successfully build msnbc.com into a leading online news outlet, we are excited to explore future innovations, relationships and opportunities that will continue to provide the most relevant news and conversations at MSN," said Bob Visse, general manager of MSN. "We are looking forward to seeing how the msnbc news team thrives under NBC, and we will continue to feature the great stories from NBC News as well as expand our news offerings to best serve the evolving interests of our broad global audience."


Lindsay Lohan getting a new sibling

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Kate Major, the girlfriend of Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, is pregnant with their first child, TMZ reported.

The off-on couple's representatives confirmed the pregnancy to the celebrity news Web site, but offered no further details.

Major, a former tabloid reporter who is in her first trimester, conceived the child while a restraining order against Michael Lohan, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, was in effect. TMZ said the legal document was only lifted a few weeks ago.

The couple announced their engagement in 2010, but broke up and reconciled several times since. Their stormy relationship was documented on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

Lohan has four adult children, including Lindsay, with his ex-wife Dina Lohan.

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