VIA REUTERS: KAILUA, Hawaii¬† – A wing of al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Monday for a failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S.-bound passenger plane and President Barack Obama vowed to bring “every element” of U.S. power against those who threaten Americans’ safety. In a statement posted on Islamist websites, the group Al Qaeda in […]

VIA CNN: Hollywood gave itself one heck of a Christmas present this year: the single best day in the history of the box office. The weekend’s slate of movies racked up a record-setting $278 million overall haul, with James Cameron’s “Avatar” ($75 million) leading the charge. The sci-fi epic dipped an incredibly slim two percent […]

VIA CNN: Civil rights attorney Percy Sutton, who represented Malcolm X and became an influential New York politician and broadcaster, has died at age 89, associates said Sunday. As a businessman, Sutton was credited with leading the revitalization of Harlem, including the restoration of the famous Apollo Theater. In a statement issued after Sutton’s death […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Two unrelated fires in Prince George’s County over the holiday weekend — one caused by an unattended candle and the other by an electrical problem — displaced 24 families from their homes. A third fire in the county, involving a car, left a man dead. Firefighters think that a candle ignited […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks these days, the three words most likely to come out of his mouth are “jobs,” “jobs” and “jobs.” As he heads into an election year, O’Malley (D) is ratcheting up his rhetoric and policy proposals concerning employment, an area in which Democratic governors seeking reelection could […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: Despite $1 million in city AIDS funding over three years, the District’s largest needle-exchange program is nearly out of cash and has at times been unable to supply clean syringes to intravenous drug users. The shortage comes after years of turmoil at Prevention Works, which offers needle exchanges at its Northeast Washington […]

VIA DCIST: DCRTV.com is reporting that legendary sportscaster George Michael, who was well-known nationally for his syndicated program “The George Michael Sports Machine,” and beloved in D.C. for his work with NBC4/WRC, has passed away at the age of 70. Michael had been battling cancer for two years. A Channel 4 reporter confirmed the news […]

VIA JAMAICA OBSERVER: Forty passengers were reported injured when an American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10:00 last night. “The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital,” Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Observer. “There are no reports […]