Morning Links: BP’s Tony Hayward to Resign; New “Pentagon Papers” Released; Chris Christie Down on Jersey Shore


• BP will meet today to discuss the departure of CEO Tony Hayward, and, as rumored weeks ago, Managing Director Robert Dudley will likely be named the new chief on Tuesday, the same day second quarter results are released. Dudley would be the first American at the top of BP. [WSJ]

• Via WikiLeaks, the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel were given access to 92,000 classified firsthand reports spanning January 2004 through December 2009 that reveal the realities of the war in Afghanistan. The news organizations agreed to publish what are being called “the new Pentagon Papers,” simultaneously on Sunday night after a month-long embargo. [Observer, NYT]

• A note found in the wreckage of the house fire in Staten Island that killed a mom and her four kids seems to have been written by the mother. It says “am sorry.” Suspects in the apparent murder-suicide include both the mother and her 14-year-old son. [NBC NY]

• A stampede at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany, caused the deaths of 19 people and injured 400 over the weekend. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a thorough investigation into the incident, and the event’s organizer has said it will never be held again. [CNN]

• Confessed killer Johnny Concepcion, who allegedly stabbed his wife to death and then destroyed his liver by taking rat poison, got a liver transplant on Friday, then went to jail. [NYP]

• New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not a fan of Jersey Shore. “I mean, because what it does is takes a bunch of New Yorkers — most of the people on Jersey Shore are New Yorkers … [and] drops them at the Jersey Shore, and tries to make Americans feel like this is New Jersey,” he said. [ABC]

• Celebrities and their animal lookalikes! [NYDN]