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Obama To Get Terror Probe Report Today; Bali Warning Issued; Gaza Crossing Protest

Good morning.

The failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up an airliner as it approached Detroit remains one of the top stories in the news.

Today, as The Washington Post writes, President Barack Obama will receive a report "detailing how some government agencies failed to share or highlight potentially relevant information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner ... while others were insufficiently aggressive in seeking out what was known about him, administration officials said Wednesday."

NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reported on All Things Considered last evening that "investigators have fanned out across the globe" to piece together Abdulmutallab's life.

The New York Times' main headline is this: "Spy Agencies Failed To Collate Clues On Terror".

USA TODAY adds that "passengers could face more intense screening at the nation's airports as lawmakers urge the government to adopt tighter regulations in the wake of an alleged plot by a Nigerian man to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner."

Also in the headlines this morning, as we reported earlier, is the news that all or most of the eight Americans killed yesterday by a suicide bomber in Khost, Afghanistan, are thought to have been CIA employees.

Other news:

-- U.S. Embassy, Jakarata -- Issues Warning On Travel To Bali Tonight. "The Bali Tourism Board widely distributed this message: 'The Governor of Bali Mr. Mangku Pastika wishes to share a message with all of us: 'There is an indication of an attack to Bali tonight,' but please don't panic, but put your security system to full alert.' This message is shared verbatim for your information."

-- BBC News -- Gunman Kills At Least Four In Finland: "Four people have been killed by a gunman at a shopping centre in the southern Finnish city of Espoo, near the capital Helsinki, police have said. Dressed in black, he shot dead the three men and a woman with a 9mm pistol at a grocery store in the Sello centre. Police named the gunman as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli and said he had a criminal record."

Related report from the Associated Press -- Fifth Body Found: "The Finnish state broadcaster says that a fifth body believed to be linked to the shooting at a shopping center has been found. Yle says the suspected gunman's ex-wife has been found dead in an apartment in Espoo. It didn't give any more details."

-- The Associated Press -- Demonstrators Gather At Israeli-Gaza Crossing To Protest Blockade: "Hundreds of demonstrators rallied on opposite sides of an Israeli-Gaza border crossing on Thursday to protest the blockade of the seaside territory imposed by Egypt and Israel. In Gaza, about 100 international activists gathered with some 500 Gazans, chanting and carrying signs denouncing the blockade. A small number of anti-Zionist, Orthodox Jews were among them -- a rare sight in Gaza."