Intelligence Failure: The National Security Agency knew Al Qaeda planned to use a Nigerian man in a terrorist attack, but didn't put the information together with other pieces of intelligence in time to prevent the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound plane, The New York Times reports.
Circus in Court: A federal judge in Washington ruled for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in a suit brought by animal rights activists over the way the circus treats its elephants. Read The Washington Post story here.
Top Secret: The National Security Agency does not have to disclose whether conversations between lawyers and their clients at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility were intercepted if the disclosure would compromise national security, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The story by the New York Law Journal is here.
Custody Case: A New Jersey judge ruled that a gestational surrogate of twins was the legal mother, giving her standing to seek custody of the children in a case that could expand the rights of gestational surrogates, The New York Times reports.
Bigger Bailout: The government will put another $3.8 billion into GMAC, taking a majority stake in the auto lender, The Washington Post reports.