Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.
What to know now:
1. Protesting police shooting: Crowds protesting a shooting by police in North Carolina spilled onto the interstate outside of Charlotte early Wednesday, causing portions of the road to be closed after fires were set in the center of the highway. The protest started after police shot and killed a man Tuesday at a Charlotte apartment complex as they tried to serve an arrest warrant on another man. At least a dozen police officers were injured in the protests. The North Carolina protests comes after days of protests in Tulsa, Okla., over the shooting of a man by a police officer there.
2. Four children killed: Law enforcement officials found four children dead and their mother critically injured in a home in Dearborn Heights, Mich., early Wednesday, after a man called police to report he had killed his family. According to media reports, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old were killed by carbon monoxide in a car, and a 17-year-old and 19-year-old were shot execution style in the basement of the home. The children’s mother was also shot and is at a local hospital in critical condition. The man surrendered to police at the home.
3. Who killed JonBenet: In the final segment of an interview on the “Dr. Phil” show, the brother of JonBenet Ramsey, said he believes that a pedophile killed his sister on Christmas night in 1996. Burke Ramsey, who was 9 when his 6-year-old sister was murdered, said he believes a pedophile stalked the little girl at one or more of the beauty pageants she took part in, then broke into the family home in Boulder, Colo., and killed his sister. The interview aired hours before a CBS documentary on the case pointed to Burke as the killer of his sister.
4. NASCAR suit: NASCAR is being sued for $500 million by a racing team owner who says the league discriminates against drivers on racial grounds. Terrance Cox, who owns Diversity Motorsports Racing, sued NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and all 18 NASCAR teams saying they refused to let his team bring a car into the series or join the “Drive for Diversity” program sponsored by the league. “Motorsports remain the most racially segregated sport in the United States,” the suit reads. “NASCAR and ISC have been complicit in, and supportive of, the racially discriminatory environment that virtually excludes African-Americans from meaningful participation.”
5. B-1Bs flying over Korea: A pair of B-1B bombers flew over South Korea in a show of force aimed at North Korea Wednesday. The flyover followed testing of a nuclear bomb by North Korea earlier this month. It was the second time in two weeks that supersonic bombers flew along the border of the divided country.
And one more
Writer-director Curtis Hanson was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Hanson who won an Oscar for the screenplay for “L.A. Confidential,” and directed such hits as “The Hand the Rocks the Cradle, “8 Mile,” “The River Wild,” “Wonder Boys,” and, recently, “Too Big to Fail,” was 71. He is believed to have died of natural causes.
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