The Senate voted to confirm Eric Holder as attorney general yesterday, making him the nation’s first African-American to hold the job. MSNBC
North Korea appears to be preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile that could be capable of striking the western United States, according to a South Korean official and reports. The move comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the North declaring last week that it was abandoning pacts designed to prevent hostilities with the South. ABCNews
ABC News reports that President Obama will announce today that he has tapped Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to be his Secretary of Commerce. Senate Democrats expect that Democratic Gov. John Lynch of New Hampshire will appoint a Republican to serve out the remainder of Sen. Gregg’s term, until 2010, and that Republican will almost certainly be J. Bonnie Newman. ABCNews
Daniel Pharr says he was in the middle of his first-ever skydive, thousands of feet over South Carolina, when the instructor strapped to his back stopped talking to him Saturday. The instructor, George “Chip” Steele of Skydive Carolina, was later pronounced dead, apparently of a heart attack. Pharr — an Army soldier taking a private skydiving lesson — said he “went into survival mode” once Steele failed to respond and he used his military training to get to ground safely. CNN
Super Bowl fans in Tucson, Arizona, caught a different kind of show during Sunday’s big game.
Just as Cardinals’ superstar Larry Fitzgerald watched himself sprint into the end zone on the stadium’s Jumbotron during Sunday’s Super Bowl, 10 seconds of eye-popping pornographic imagery “flashed” across the screens of many people watching at home in Tucson Arizona.
Comcast, and several local television stations that carried the signal, say they are currently investigating what caused the interruption. It appears this material was only viewed by some Comcast customers, local Tucson television station KVOA-TV said in a written statement.
Toy-maker Mattel has reported that its fourth-quarter profit plunged 46 percent, much worse than analysts expected, and a clear sign that no sector is safe from recession. Barbie took a big hit — her sales dropped 21 percent — as did Hot Wheels, with sales dropping 22 percent. WashingtonPost.com