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10:30 PM ET, December 25, 2009

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ABCNEWS:
Man Attempts to Set Off Explosives on Plane, Law Enforcement Officials Say  —  Suspect Claims al Qaeda Terrorism Link, but FBI, Investigators Are Suspicious  —  Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to “explode” a powdery substance aboard …
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Scott Butterworth / Washington Post:
White House: Failed plane attack an attempted act of terrorism  —  A Nigerian national, claiming to be acting on behalf of al-Qaeda, is in custody in Detroit after allegedly attempting to light an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight after it landed Friday, federal officials said.
Fox News:
Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported  —  A male passenger reportedly linked to terrorist organization al-Qaeda ignited a powdery substance prior to landing on a Delta Airlines flight to Detroit Friday.  The suspect is believed to be Nigerian, Fox News reported.
Wall Street Journal:
Midair Bomb Attempt Fails  —  Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security  —  This picture provided by J.P. Karas shows Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday.
msnbc.com:
Officials: Possible terror attack on Northwest jet  —  Nigerian man tries to light powdery substance on Detroit flight, officials say  —  A 23-year-old Nigerian man tried to light a powdery substance aboard a Northwest Airlines flight before landing in Detroit on Friday, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told NBC News.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Attempted terrorist attack on int'l Northwest flight?  Update: Al Qaeda link?  —  This just popped up on the news here in the Twin Cities, and the boss has it, too: … A couple of thoughts.  First, the danger must have been considered low after he was secured …
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Michelle Malkin:
Incident on NWA Flight 253?  Update: suspect claims al Qaeda direction; Update: An attempted act of terror  —  Scroll for updates...  Via BNONews, a passenger on Detroit-bound NWA Flight 253 was arrested in what MAY have been an attempted hijacking.  Also reports that the suspect may have attenpted to light something.
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
Plane incident called an act of terrorism  —  Federal authorities say a Nigerian passenger on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight tried to blow up the airliner, which landed safely.  The would-be bomber is injured.  —  Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam.
Libs-R-Insane / CBS News:
Passenger Lights Explosive on Delta Flight  —  2 Hurt, 1 Detained in “Attempted Act of Terrorism” On Amsterdam-Detroit Flt.  ; Man Claims al Qaeda Tie; FBI Investigating  —  (CBS/AP) Updated 7:50 p.m. EST  —  A Northwest Airlines passenger landing in Detroit on Friday tried to blow …
CNN:
Explosive device ignited aboard U.S.-bound airliner
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Terror Attempt Seen as Man Tries to Ignite Device on Jet
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Radical Muslim Cleric Said to Survive Airstrike  —  Relatives: Radical Yemeni Cleric Not Harmed in Government Air Raid on Al-Qaeda Meeting  —  A U.S.-born radical cleric is alive and well following reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected al-Qaida hideouts, friends and relatives said Friday.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
82 Year-Old Pope Benedict Attacked, Knocked Down at Midnight Mass (Video) ...Update: Same Nut Tried to Attack Pope in 2008  —  A crazed woman jumped the barriers at St. Peter's Basilica and attacke 82 year-old Pope Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass knocking him to the floor.
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