· A 28 year-old gay Jamaican man seeks asylum in the United Kingdom after being beaten and harassed by neighbors, most recently after being told that he walked "like a girl." "[They] used a bottle and started knocking me in the head and kicked me up and thing. Then, one of them told his friend to go for his gun to shoot me and throw me in a pit. I was begging for my life."
· Florida shakes up the 2008 presidential race by moving its primary to Jan. 29 and bypassing a dozen other states set for Feb. 5.
· Polar bears are on thin ice. Literally. Scientists say global warming is melting the Arctic ice and traditional hunting ground of the endangered species. Some Norwegian fjords are experiencing ice-free summers and experts predict "polar bears are unlikely to survive as a species" without the sea ice ...
· Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Institution is accused of toning down an exhibit on Arctic climate change for fear of angering the previous Republican-led Congress and the Bush administration.
· There is a Republican-led effort in the North Carolina legislature to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. (State law already limits marriage to one man, one woman.) Pam Spaulding reports on a procedural move by a key House committee to force the marriage amendment to a floor vote. Fellow tarheel Matt Hill Comer is also concerned, noting that more than half of those committee members are co-sponsors of the bill.