AC360° Associate Producer
Anderson is anchoring from the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight, where preparations for Michael Jackson’s memorial service tomorrow are under way. It is shaping up to be a huge international event. Last night, 8,750 tickets were distributed to people who were chosen from a lottery. Can you imagine the logistics involved in getting ready for this service?
Meanwhile, the investigation into Jackson’s death continues – the LAPD has executed at least three search warrants to determine if medication was responsible for his death and at least five doctors are under investigation. We’ll have more on the service and new developments in the investigation tonight.
Why did she do it? Over the weekend many fellow conservatives admitted they were “shocked” by Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to resign. While there is growing speculation as to what prompted the move, one thing is certain – no one knows for sure. The FBI says it’s not investigating Palin on public corruption charges and reports say growing criticism was taking its toll on her.
Have you heard about the nightmare of a situation in South Carolina? In a small town called Gaffney, authorities say five people have been killed in nine days by a suspected serial killer. Residents have been urged to check on loved ones and to be careful; needless to say everyone is on edge. David Mattingly is there and will bring us more tonight.
The political situation in Honduras continues to heat up. Ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya tried to return to the country yesterday, after being forced into exile last Sunday. But he was denied permission to land at the airport in the country’s capital last night and his plane was diverted to neighboring El Salvador. There was a deadly clash between Zelaya’s supporters and government troops and at least one person was killed after security forces opened fire and used tear gas on several thousand protesters who ringed the airport.
We’re also following developments in Iran. Over the weekend, Iranian clerics disputed the country’s election results. This is a significant strike against Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has sided with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What will this mean for the protest movement?
And we learned this morning that former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died at age 93. McNamara was a member of Kennedy’s inner circle during the Cuban Missile Crisis and became a key architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam. His management of the war sparked controversy as the U.S. military commitment in Vietnam grew from approximately 1,000 to half a million trips. More on McNamara’s legacy tonight.
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