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Al Sharpton on Whitney Houston: 'Don't remember the rumors. Remember the voice God gave this lady'

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As members of the choir applaud, the Rev. Al Sharpton asks for a national day of prayer for Whitney Houston, during regular Sunday services at Second Baptist Church. Houston, who was 48, died Saturday in Beverly Hills.

Al Sharpton stepped to the podium at the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles on Sunday to speak about Whitney Houston less than 24 hours after her death in a Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the Grammys. Sharpton, who is asking for a national day of prayer for Houston, dedicated the first 10 minutes of his 45-minute sermon to Houston.

He went on to implore the audience of about 200 to "Don't remember the rumors. Remember the voice God gave this lady and she gave that voice to the world."

She "was an international icon," he said. "Whatever she did was on the front page. Don't delve in the mess. All of us have some mess."

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Police tell CBS Bobbi Kristina Brown 'expected to be OK'

Paramedics say they took Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, to a Los Angeles hospital Sunday morning for unspecified medical reasons.

The Beverly Hills Fire Department says Brown was taken from the Beverly Hills Hilton around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, less than a day after her mother died in a room at the same hotel.

CBS reported it was told by police that Brown is expected to be OK.

UPDATE 1:50 p.m. 

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Whitney Houston death updates: Jennifer Hudson tribute planned, autopsy not yet scheduled

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Annika Sillemon, 8, fan of Whitney Houston, is seen outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday Feb. 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills Calif. Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to her idol, Whitney Houston, at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Houston died Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel as she was preparing for Clive Owen's traditional pre-Grammy party.

Hudson will be featured in a musical tribute to Houston. Prior to the news of Houston's death, Hudson attended a pre-Grammy event where she discussed the impact Houston had on her career.

Meanwhile, a coroner's official says Whitney Houston's body has been transported from the Beverly Hills hotel where the singer died and is awaiting an autopsy to try to determine a cause of death.

Capt. Brian Elias of the L.A. County coroner's office says the examination has not been scheduled and that investigators are awaiting various reports before an autopsy can be conducted.

He said he could not release any information about how Houston's body was found at the Beverly Hills Hilton, though there have been a few anonymously sourced reports about that.

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Whitney Houston dead at 48

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Whitney Houston performs at the pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Whitney Houston, the multi-Grammy winning singer, has died, according to the Associated Press. 

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the pop star of the '80s and '90s had died, however the cause or her location were unclear.

Houston, who was married to pop singer Bobby Brown, reeled off a collection of hits in the '80s like "How Will I Know," and  ''Saving All My Love for You". One of her biggest sellers was in the '90s the Dolly Parton penned  "I Will Always Love You." from the film "The Bodyguard," in which she starred.

In 1991 before Super Bowl XXV, Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner", a rendition that was hugely popular and was a hit single. Ten years later after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the single was re-released and skyrocketed to number 6 on the pop charts.

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What happened in Koreatown today?

A major street in Koreatown was temporarily closed to traffic, and 1,421 businesses and residential accounts were blacked out, when an underground power vault exploded today, firefighters said.  

Firefighters were dispatched to a manhole on Western Avenue just south of Eight Street at 9:14 a.m., said Matt Spence of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.  Spence said no injuries or above-ground damage were reported.

Department of Water and Power crews were working on a nearby project and were brought in to see what went wrong. An hour after the apparent short-circuit, power was cut to businesses, apartment buildings and traffic signals in the immediate area while repair crews went to work.

DWP crews said they expected the power to be restored to all accounts by 1 p.m.

 

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