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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coroner says Haim died of pneumonia complications

Coroner says Haim died of pneumonia complications

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled that actor Corey Haim died from pneumonia complications and that drugs found in his system were not a factor in his death.

The coroner's office released its findings Tuesday on the 38-year-old actor, who died March 10 after collapsing in his mother's apartment.

Haim had low levels of both over-the-counter and prescription drugs and some marijuana in his body, but his death was ruled natural.

Previous reports said Haim had prescriptions for large doses of powerful painkillers, including Oxycontin. But no Oxycontin was found in his system.

Trial begins in killing of rapper Dolla in LA

LOS ANGELES -- The murder of an Atlanta rapper at a crowded, upscale mall was a callous, calculated shooting by a man who then calmly ordered a valet to get his car and drove around the body, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during the start of the trial in Los Angeles.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace told jurors Aubrey Louis Berry fired eight shots at rapper Roderick Anthony Burton II, known as Dolla, and his friends in the valet area of Beverly Center.

Grace said the 21-year-old Burton was struck by four bullets as he tried to run from Berry. Three of the shots hit Burton in the back, Grace said in his opening statement.

TV producer sentenced in Letterman blackmail plot

NEW YORK -- The former CBS television producer who tried to shake down David Letterman over the comic icon's office affairs started a six-month jail sentence Tuesday, closing a case that opened Letterman's behind-the-scenes behavior to public scrutiny.

Robert ''Joe'' Halderman declined to speak before he was led from court in handcuffs to begin his jail term, to be followed by 1,000 hours of community service. He agreed to both when he pleaded guilty in March.