By Mark Memmott

There's a lot to talk and write about this morning, so we'll do a quick round-up of the top stories to bring everyone up to speed and then start adding more posts as the stories develop.

First, as we just reported, there's been another significant earthquake in already devastated Haiti. A magnitude 6.1 temblor struck just after 6 a.m. ET.

It's not known yet if today's quake caused more deaths or injuries, but it certainly threatens to make an already very difficult relief effort even more complicated.

For more of NPR's coverage of the crisis in Haiti, click here.

Massachusetts Senate race

Then, there's the major political news from last night -- Republican Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, where he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to take over the Senate seat held for four decades by liberal icon Edward Kennedy. Brown's win means Democrats no longer have the 60-seat "super majority" that makes it much easier to push their legislative agenda, and leaves President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt.

Virginia murders

Eight people were killed yesterday in rural Virginia, near Appomattox. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that just after 7 a.m. ET, the suspect surrendered to police.

Christmas Day Bomb Plot

NPR's Offeibea Quist-Arcton reported for Morning Edition from Kaduna, Nigeria, on the life of 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber who is accused of trying to bring down a Northwest passenger jet as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day:

Later today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing about that attempted bombing. The committee chairman, Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, said on Morning Edition that it's clear intelligence agencies were sharing information before the incident, but "human error" led to a failure to connect the dots.

The Washington Post, by the way, has a related story: "U.S. Increases Efforts To Boost Security In Yemen Amid Increasing Terror Threat." Abdulmutallab allegedly got training and other assistance from terrorists in Yemen.

Contributing: Chinita Anderson of Morning Edition.


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7:40 - January 20, 2010