Four people are being sought in the murder of a Texas doctor. Dr. Jorge Mario Gonzalez, 56, was shot and killed when he arrived home to find his home being burglarized. His wife and young son were with him, but hid in a closet and were not harmed. Authorities say they do not know if the home was targeted or if it was a random act, CNN.
U.S. prosecutor John Durham has been selected to investigate CIA detainee abuse. This comes on the heels of a new report that claims CIA agents “threatened to kill a key terror suspect’s children and sexually assault another’s mother,” BBC News.
Michael Jackson’s death has reportedly been ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. An anonymous official told the AP that lethal levels of the anesthetic propofol were found in Jackson’s system, Sky News.
Paleontologists say Angola “holds a ‘museum in the ground’ of rare fossils – some actually jutting from the earth – waiting to be discovered.” Bones were found in the 1960s, but three decades of war took hold of the country, making it impossible for paleontologists to excavate, AFP.
Breaking: President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term, aides report, New York Times.
A memorial tribute to Michael Jackson will begin at 12pm EDT at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Though tickets were distributed by an online lottery, thousands have flocked to Los Angeles to be near the event. CNN Live feed.
Unrest continues in the city of Urumqi in China following Sunday’s riots by member of the Uighur ethnic group. Chinese officials say the majority of the 156 killed in the riots were Han Chinese while Uighur groups claim the majority were Uighur. Participants of the most recent riots are said to be Han Chinese who are targeting Uighurs in retaliation for Sunday’s violence, BBC News.
Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI, made a comeback by winning a majority of the midterm congressional elections. PRI controlled government for 70 years before being defeated by National Action Party, PAN, the party of the current president Felipe Calderon, Los Angeles Times.
In a deadly day in Afghanistan yesterday, 10 members of the NATO led coalition died: 7 Americans, 2 Canadians, and 1 Briton, CNN International.
The L.A. Times has confirmed that pop superstar Michael Jackson has died after going into cardiac arrest. Jackson was found unconscious at his home and rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, with initial reports suggesting he was in a coma. He was 50 years old. Jackson, one of the most famous people in the world, is best known for his album Thriller, which is still the best-selling album of all time.
If you’re in the States, MTV is replaying Michael Jackson videos right now in tribute to the star.