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Madoff's son kills himself

Mark Madoff, one of Bernie Madoff's sons, hanged himself in his Manhattan apartment Saturday, two years to the day after his father was arrested in the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, according to the New York Times.

Madoff's body was discovered by his father-in-law around 7:30 a.m. Madoff's wife was out of town; his 2-year-old son was asleep in a nearby room, according to CNN.

Bernie Madoff was arrested two years ago to the date of his son's death for stealing $50 million from investors, shattering lives around the world, according to the New York Times. There had been speculation that Madoff's sons, including Mark, were susceptable to lawsuits from the victims of the Ponzi scheme.

A lawsuit filed on December 8 named Mark Madoff as one of the defendents, according to CNN.

Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, said he supported the Fed's decision to put $600 billion into the banking system to assist recovery in an economy he said is riddled in rising inequality, according to the New York Times.

Bernanke gave a rare interview to 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday, giving opinions on fiscal policy, a topic he usually avoids, according to the New York Times.

Along with supporting the jolt in the banking system that was decided on last month, Bernanke said the tax code needs to be reformed, calling it "inefficient," according to the New York Times.

Bernanke also said it could be up to five years before the unemployment rate is "normal" again, reacting to a disappointing jobs report released by the government last week, according to CNN.

FDA forces removal of Darvon painkiller

The maker of the painkiller Darvon is ending sales of the drug in the U.S. under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, which says the drug causes deadly heart rhythms, according to the Pioneer Press.

About 10 million U.S. Americans have been prescribed some form of the drug since 2009, according to CNN.

An official from the FDA said they urged doctors to stop prescribing the drug, and patients currently taking the drug should contact health professionals, according to CNN.

"The drug's effectiveness in reducing pain is no longer enough to outweigh the drug's serious potential heart risks," the FDA said, after a study was conducted examining the drug's impact on heart rhythms, according to CNN.

7 killed in Mexican resort explosion

Seven people died Sunday in an explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, according to the New York Times.

The explosion was likely caused by a natural gas buildup, according to CNN.

Twelve other people, including two Americans, were injured in the explosion. Investigation into whether the hotel was properly constructed is under way, according to The New York Times.

Man dies in Maplewood rollover

A man died in a rollover crash Sunday morning on Interstate 494 in Maplewood, according to the Pioneer Press.

The 24-year-old man veered off the road while traveling south on I-494 and rolled near Carver Avenue, according to the Star Tribune.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, according to the Pioneer Press.

Man arrested in connection with Cambridge stabbing

A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a stabbing at a Cambridge restaurant, according to WCCO.

Two men were stabbed at Q Mandarin on Main Street in Cambridge Sunday morning, according to the Star Tribune. A man who lives above the restaurant said he heard a frantic scream from below.

Qing-Hai Jiang, 49, was found by police in a shed he had broken into a half mile from the restaurant, and placed in custody in connection with the stabbing, according to WCCO.

14 Dead in Mexican Border Town Shooting

The death toll from a shooting at a party in the Mexican border reached of Juarez climbed to 14 Sunday, according to CNN.

Men armed with assault rifles invaded a party that was being held by two adjacent house in Juarez Friday, opening fire on the guests, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another 14 were injured in the shooting.

The ages of the victims are between 14 and 30, according to according to CNN. A child as young as 7 was injured.

Cartel gunmen carried out a similar shooting in Juarez in January, killing 15 guests gathered at another teen party, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Leave it to Beaver" actress dies

Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver on the popular TV series "Leave it to Beaver," died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif, according to the New York Times.

Billingsley died at her home after a long illness at the age of 94, a spokesperson said, according to CNN.

Tony Dow and Jerry Matthews, who played Billingsley's sons on "Leave it to Beaver," described the actress as a lifetime mentor and "happy as a lark being recognized as America's mom," according to CNN.

"Leave it to Beaver" was a popular series throughout the 50's, cancelled in 1963 on the eve of John F. Kennedy's assassination, according to CNN.

Wife of Nobel Peace Prize winnner under house arrest in China

The wife of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, was placed under house arrest Sunday after visiting her husband in prison in northeastern China, according to the New York Times.

Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year prison sentence for inciting subversion of state power after publically calling for human rights in China, according to CNN. Liu is the co-author of Charter 08, which pleads for democratization and human rights.

Liu's wife's Internet connection and telephone have been cut off, and she is not allowed to leave her house, according to the New York Times.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Xiaobo was the winner of the Nobel Prize on Friday, a decision that has incited criticism from the Chinese government, according to CNN.

Liberal groups take on Tea Party in D.C. rally

Liberal groups including unions and peace activists rallied Saturday in Washington in support of immigration and education reform, job creation, and other issues in connection with the upcoming elections, according to CNN.

300 groups marched in the "One Nation Working Together" rally, held at Lincoln Memorial. The rally's sponsors were progressive groups, taking aim at the conservative Tea Party movement which has looked to create a strong showing in the upcoming election, according to the New York Times.

Tens of thousands of demonstraters from all over the country traveled to the rally, held five weeks after the Tea Party met in Washington, according to the New York Times.

Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, a group which sponsored the rally, said the "One Nation Moving Together" movement is the "antidote to the Tea Party," reports CNN.

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