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Lady Gaga revealed that she was set to open for Michael Jackson in London before his death, in an interview with CNN’s Larry King airing Tuesday night (June 1) that also found the star talking about her “borderline positive” lupus diagnosis.

Gaga — who wore sequined suspenders and a tie in a nod to her interviewer’s signature style — shared that she was among several artists who would have opened for Jackson during his “This Is It” shows at London’s O2 arena. “I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour,” Gaga said. “We were going to open for him at the O2 and we were working on making it happen…I believe there was some talk about us, lots of the openers, doing duets with Michael onstage.

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“But Michael’s death was devastating for me, regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him,” Gaga added. “He was such an inspiration and a remarkable human being.”

Gaga also addressed recent rumors that she has Lupus, an autoimmune disease that she says runs in her family. “The truth is I dont show any signs, any symptoms of lupus, but I have tested borderline positive for the disease,” she told King. “So as of right now I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself.”

Another subject Gaga addressed was the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that forces gay men and women serving in the military to stay closeted. “I hope so,” she said when King asked her whether she thinks the law will be repealed. “There’s so many archaic things floating around in the government right now that are so misinformed and so wrong. It’s very confusing for young people.”

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Leighton Coke, the brother of alleged West Kingston crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, has handed himself in to the police.

Leighton, who is otherwise called Levity, reportedly turned himself in a short while ago at the Half Way Tree Police station in St Andrew.

A source at the station told The Gleaner/Power 106 News that Leighton was accompanied by religious leader, Reverend Al Miller.

Levity was named on a list of gang leaders the police had asked to turn themselves in following the west Kingston incursion in search of his brother.

The police want ‘Dudus’ to face extradition proceedings in Jamaica.

He is wanted in the United States on gun and drug charges.

[Post update via Go-Jamaica]

Despite recent changes to its personal privacy settings interface, Facebook is still under fire for past privacy-related mistakes. This time, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is getting involved.

In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, committee chair John Conyers (pictured right) wrote, “We would appreciate a detailed explanation of the information about Facebook users that your company has provided to third parties without the knowledge of the account holders — particularly in circumstances in which the users did not expressly opt for this kind of information sharing.”

The letter goes on to request an explanation of prior policies as well as details on how Facebook’s recent round of changes have altered these policies.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has come up in a negative light in Washington. About one month ago, Sentaor Charles Schumer asked the FTC to investigate Facebook’s newer features built around the Open Graph API. The FTC has been reviewing Facebook’s privacy policies and those of other social networks, as well.

And just last week, Facebook’s D.C. office staged a special briefing for Congress staffers to explain the company’s response to the general privacy-issues-induced outcry from advocacy groups and users. Apparently, the explanation given wasn’t satisfactory.

Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, hasn’t stated outright that Facebook will face a full-on investigation from the Judiciary Committee; however, this initial letter is a telling signal of Washington’s growing interest in the social network.

Do you think the House Committee will — or should — investigate how Facebook treats user data with regard to third-party sites? Do you think Facebook’s recent changes will get the company off the hook where the U.S. government is concerned?

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