The FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are investigating the death of an African-American man who was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Investigators don't know whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, but local civil-rights leaders are calling for authorities to determine whether it was a racially motivated hate crime.
Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of prominent environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., became the Kennedy clan’s latest tragedy when she was found dead Wednesday in a barn behind their home in Bedford, N.Y. A medical examiner confirmed that the 52-year-old died from asphyxiation by hanging.
Adding to a growing chorus of disapproval emanating from Europe, Tony Blair's official spokesman has said Saddam Hussein's execution "shouldn't have happened in that way." Earlier, Gordon Brown, the man widely expected to be Britain's next prime minister, said the hanging was "completely unacceptable," calling it a "deplorable set of events."