PEOPLE: Urgent plea for testing items from Jackson

Urgent plea for testing items from Jackson

LOS ANGELES -- Arguing that evidence is deteriorating, defense lawyers for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death are seeking urgent testing of two syringes and an IV bag found in the singer's mansion after his death.

Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray said during a 40-minute closed session with a judge that liquids in one of the syringes had already dried up and was now ''salt,'' according to a transcript of the proceeding obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Quantities of substances in the syringes and IV bag could be crucial to explaining how the singer died, the lawyers said at the Tuesday hearing.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Authorities contend he administered a lethal dose of sedatives, including the anesthetic propofol, to Jackson in June 2009.

Arquette: I'm talking about split to help

NEW YORK -- David Arquette says he hopes talking openly about his separation from Courteney Cox can help others in similar situations.

''A lot of people are going through stuff like that, and it just helps to kind of hear a celebrity that's experiencing the same kind of things,'' Arquette said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Arquette, 39, and Cox, 46, confirmed their separation earlier this month after 11 years of marriage. They have one child.

Arquette has received some criticism for calling in to Howard Stern's radio show since going public about the split from Cox and revealing intimate details of their relationship, such as why they separated and what their sex life was like.

'Goldfinger' Bond car sold

LONDON -- One of the world's most famous James Bond cars -- the specially equipped silver Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in ''Goldfinger'' -- was auctioned off Wednesday in London for $4.1 million.

The unique car, which boasts an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear, was initially expected to go for more than $5.5 million.