I was impressed with the links and comments left in the first BN&OTL post. Let’s do it again:
This post is for everyone who wants to share a link to a breaking news story or to an interesting news story/blog post that is not related to a current post. Put your link in the comments and, if you want, a brief discussion of why it is important or interesting. Discussion about any links is welcome here, too.
Please use this post for breaking news and off topic links so they will be easier to find, instead of leaving them in the comments of other posts.