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Michael Jackson’s Sleepless Letter to Lisa Marie Presley

Julien''s Auctions/Splash(NEW YORK) -- Long before Michael Jackson‘s use of the anesthesia propofol as a sleep aid became known, he wrote a desperate letter to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley lamenting his need for sleep.

The letter, written in the singer’s childlike scrawl, reads:  “Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you.” It’s signed, “love Turd,” Jackson’s apparent nickname. At the top is a box next to the words “smell here.”

Written sometime between 1993 and 1996, the letter had been slated for auction and had been expected to fetch up to $1,200. But Presley reportedly complained to Julien’s Auctions, the company selling it, and the letter was taken off the auction block.

Owner Darren Julien told TMZ, “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.”

Presley was married to Jackson from 1994 to 1996.

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Police Investigating Threatening Letter Sent to Craig Ferguson

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles police are investigating a threatening letter sent to CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson's studio.

According to E! News, two people at the CBS complex in L.A. where Ferguson's Late Late Show is taped were briefly quarantined Tuesday afternoon after they were exposed to what turned out to be a harmless powder inside the envelope.

Police believe the letter, which included threats against Ferguson, may have been sent from Europe.  Ferguson, who's Scottish by birth but a naturalized American citizen, recently taped episodes of his show in Paris.

Ferguson tweeted Tuesday, "Ack! Someone mailed my show white powder & claimed it was anthrax. I'm not a big fan of that sort of thing."

A death threat against Ferguson's fellow CBS late-night host David Letterman, whose production company produces Ferguson's show, was recently posted on a jihadist website.

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John Lennon's Letter on Beatles Split Headed for Auction

David Farrell/Redferns(LONDON) -- A letter from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney regarding The Beatles splitting up is headed for the auction block in Beverly Hills, California next month.

The Telegraph reports that in the letter, which is a draft of a reply to a letter from McCartney, Lennon calls McCartney a "four-letter swear word."  Lennon also takes full credit for starting the Fab Four, writing, "I'm not ashamed of the Beatles -- (I did start it all), but of some of the [expletive] we took to make them so big -- I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees -- obviously not."

Another statement Lennon makes in the letter attacks all the other Beatles regarding their treatment of Yoko Ono.

He writes, "I hope you realize what [expletive] you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me."

Pictures of the two-page letter can be seen at The Telegraph's website.  The letter is expected to fetch up to $65,000 at auction.

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Celebrities Sign Open Letter to Obama Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ellen DeGeneres, her wife Portia DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway and Glee actress Jane Lynch are calling on President Obama to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Freedom to Marry organization says those celebrities and others have signed an open letter to Obama that reads, in part, "We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage -- an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day.  Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today."

Freedom to Marry is asking the public to co-sign the letter, which it says will be presented to the White House in the spring.

Martin Sheen, Eric McCormack, and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mya are also among the group of entertainers, athletes, and business leaders who signed the letter.

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'Dancing' Scare: Bristol Palin Targeted by Threatening Letter?

Photo Courtesy - ABC/ADAM LARKEY(LOS ANGELES) -- The FBI is investigating the source of a threatening letter containing white powder that arrived Friday night at the Dancing With the Stars production office.

The scare forced the evacuation of the Los Angeles studio used to shoot the ABC television show.

"Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel,” ABC spokesperson Amy Astley said in a statement. “Ultimately we were advised by the LAFD that the substance was determined to be talcum powder." reports the letter targeted contestant Bristol Palin, the oldest daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The FBI would not confirm the recipient to ABC News.

It's the latest turn in a controversial week for the show. On Tuesday, Bristol Palin survived a shocking elimination night, advancing to the finals over singer Brandy who earned perfect scores. Outraged viewers flooded ABC with complaints. One man was arrested for shooting his television, disgusted that Palin made it through.

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