Bomb Plot Suspect Said To Be Talking; Al-Qaida Threat Still High

Good morning.

We've already noted the breaking news from Pakistan of an attack on a convoy that killed at least seven people — three of them said to be U.S. military personnel.

And we've also posted about reports that insurance giant AIG, which needed a huge bailout from American taxpayers in 2008, is set to pay $100 million in bonuses to employees.

Other stories making headlines include:

Morning Edition — "Terror Suspect Giving Details To Investigators": "NPR has learned that the suspect at the center of the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day has been giving federal authorities actionable intelligence for weeks." Dina Temple-Raston reports:



Related story by The Wall Street Journal — "Officials Warn Al-Qaida 'Certain' To Try Attack Soon": "The U.S.'s top intelligence officials said Tuesday that an attempted al-Qaida attack on the U.S. in the next three to six months was 'certain.' ... Al-Qaida remains a significant threat to the U.S., the officials said, and the group's recent evolution in tactics includes dispatching individuals who can enter the U.S. without arousing suspicion, such as the man accused of attempting the Christmas Day attack."

Related story on Morning Edition — "Al-Qaida Affliliates 'Foremost Concern' For U.S.". NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports:



The New York Times — "Obama Acts To Engage GOP, Testing Party's Intentions": "Emboldened by the response to President Obama's face-off with House Republicans last week, the White House is intensifying its push to engage Congressional Republicans in policy negotiations as a way to share the burden of governing and put more scrutiny on Republican initiatives."

Chicago TribuneNo Clear Winners Yet In Ill. Gov. Primaries: "Republicans headed to a unity breakfast this morning with their governor nominee still in doubt. State Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale were within 1,500 votes of each other with 99% of the unofficial vote counted this morning. Each had 20% of the tally in a six-way contest. On the Democratic side, Gov. Pat Quinn declared himself the winner, even though Comptroller Dan Hynes had not conceded defeat. Hynes trailed by fewer than 6,000 votes as results trickled in."

Related stories in the Chicago Sun-Times — Senate Nominees Set: "State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias beat back a strong challenge from former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Illinois — the former seat of President Obama. ... U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, whom former Gov. Jim Edgar called 'the best-qualified candidate we've had in my lifetime,' easily coasted to victory in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday."

Morning Edition — Iran May Be Shifting Course On Some Issues Key To U.S.: "Iran may be opening the door for talks on two key issues for the United States. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hinting at readiness to ship out the bulk of its uranium stockpile in exchange for nuclear fuel from the West for a medical facility, a proposal that Iranian officials dismissed when it was first broached at a meeting in Geneva last year. And in a television interview in Iran, Ahmadinejad raised the possibility of freeing three American hikers, arrested on the border with Iraq last summer, in exchange for Iranians jailed in the United States." NPR's Mike Shuster reports:





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