Morning Links: Qantas Grounds Planes After Engine Fails; Reporter Breaks Face; Obama Professes Love for Slurpees


• After a Qantas plane experienced an engine issue and had to make an emergency landing in Singapore, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets. Reportedly, one of the plane’s four engines failed over western Indonesia, about 15 minutes after takeoff. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries, though part of the Flying Kangaroo logo was among the debris that fell to the ground. [USA Today]

• The NYU VP’s son shot in an apparent drug-related robbery is in critical condition, according to his mom, NYU Senior Vice President Debra LaMorte. Police have released photos and video of the suspects in the shooting. [NYP, DNAInfo]

• Arthur Chi’en, a TV reporter for WPIX, “severely injured his face Sunday night” during a weird incident at the Greenwich Village parade in which a man dressed as a clown grabbed his arm to try to get up on the float. Chi’en fell, landed head first, and fractured his face in six places. Ouch. [DNA Info]

• Mayor Bloomberg warns the new gov-to-be that it’s not that easy out there. “I think that Andrew Cuomo is going to have his hands full,” said the mayor in the Bronx. [WNYC]

• Yesterday, a cargo area at JFK was briefly evacuated when a suspicious package from Yemen was found. It contained a cellphone. The package was ultimately determined safe. [NYT]

• Two people were arrested at the Hernandez Houses at Eldridge and Stanton on Tuesday night as “part of a large-scale drug bust.” [Bowery Boogie]

• President Obama considers a Slurpee a delicious drink. 7-11 agrees. [Pat’s Papers]

• Everybody really just wants cash this year for Christmas. And nobody wants family photos or perfume. [NYDN]

• Law students are so economically challenged they need clothing drives nowadays. Aw. [ATL]