The U.S. foils a Yemeni terrorist bomb plot; hundreds of Russians protest Putin’s inauguration; China expels Al Jazeera; a Thai man imprisoned for insulting the queen via text message dies in jail; North Carolinians vote on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage; and Santorum endorses Romney. Meanwhile, legendary children’s author Maurice Sendak has died; Prince Harry woos DC; and Andre 3000 will star as Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic.
Bomb plot shows new level of sophistication, lawmaker says, http://bit.ly/Jnvf0D
U.S. officials have thwarted a Yemeni terrorist plot that involved a sophisticated bomb that was crafted to pass through airport security and board a plane to the United States. In response to the foiled terrorist plot, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “terrorists keep trying” to kill Americans and as a result, we must remain “vigilant.” The FBI has seized the bomb and is analyzing it. Officials have stated that no Americans are at risk from the foiled plot and that the terrorists could have been retaliating on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.
Russian protest leaders held as Putin, Medvedev swap, http://reut.rs/JPK0oy
Hundreds of Russians took to the streets to protest Vladimir Putin’s presidential inauguration yesterday. The demonstrations saw the arrest of two of the highest-profile opposition leaders and some of the biggest protests since the days of the Soviet Union. The controversial election has named Putin as Russia’s new president after spending four years as the country’s prime minister. Dmitry Medvedev will serve as prime minister now that Putin has taken his place as president. The switch has caused many to call the elections a sham. Since Sunday, close to 700 protestors have been arrested after clashing with police as they tried to clear the streets for Putin’s elaborate inauguration.
China Expels Al Jazeera Channel, http://nyti.ms/JUmNWu
China has forced Al Jazeera to shut down “its China news operations of its English-language channel.” The Chinese government will not say why it has refused to renew reporter Melissa Chan’s journalist visa or press credentials. The government has also refused to allow another correspondent to replace her. The last time Chinese officials banned a reporter was in 1998.
Thai man dies during 20-year jail term for insulting queen, http://bit.ly/JtsacR
A man in Thailand who had been sentenced to 20 years in jail after sending text messages deemed insulting to the queen died in prison yesterday. Amphon Tangnoppakul, known as “Uncle SMS,” was arrested in 2010. He denied sending the messages but was still given one of the harshest sentences on record for insulting the queen. The cause of Tangnoppakul’s death is not clear. On Friday, he complained of stomach pains and was sent to a correctional-facility prison for treatment.
NC in the national spotlight as voters weigh in on gay marriage ban in state’s constitution, http://wapo.st/JdoyLp
Voters in North Carolina will go to the polls today to decide on a controversial decree that would ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution. The law has drawn criticism and comments from Bill Clinton and Billy Graham, leaving the state divided. 500,000 people have voted early on the amendment. Early results show that there is a generational divide regarding the issue. Voters 65 and over favor the ban 2 to 1. In Winston-Salem, the city council voted to oppose the amendment.
Santorum endorses Romney: ‘All hands on deck,’ http://politi.co/JtpEDx
In an e-mail to supporters Monday, Rick Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney for president saying, “Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.” Santorum and Romney had recently met in Pittsburgh where Santorum outlined “the issues most important to conservatives.” Santorum also added that he “strongly encouraged Romney that he add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team.”
Mom, daughter found dead; 2 sisters still missing, http://bit.ly/KZISlw
The FBI is looking for a man who is suspected of kidnapping a Tennessee mother and her three daughters. Adam Mayes was a family friend to Jo Ann Bain and her 14, 12, and 8 year-olds. Bain’s body and that of her eldest daughter has been found behind a house that belongs to Mayes in Northern Mississippi. Mayes is believed to be armed and dangerous and to have the youngest daughters still with him.
Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83, http://nyti.ms/JnBLEr
Harry Charms Pants Off DC Crowd As Colin Powell Makes Bizarre Diana Reference, http://bit.ly/Jbi6tw
Matthew Fox Popped for DUI, http://bit.ly/IVT1MJ
Alessandra Ambrosio Welcomes a Baby Boy, http://eonli.ne/IZ7JGo
Andre 3000 set to shoot Jimi Hendrix biopic, http://bit.ly/IHR6kw
Charlize Theron Steps Out with Jackson, http://bit.ly/JbkSix
Beyonce Dazzles At Met Fashion Gala, http://on.mtv.com/IHRpMh
Investors buy CBGB name, plan NYC music festival, http://cbsn.ws/Jbl2GJ
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