British Police Arrest 12 in Terror Plot; Newark Airport Terminal Briefly Shut for “Suspicious Package”


• British police have arrested 12 men, aged 17-28, from London, Cardiff, and Stoke-on-Trent, said to be involved in a plot to bomb “unspecified targets” in the U.K., “inspired by Al Qaeda.” This appears the largest arrest for terrorism in Britain since April 2009. [NYT]

Terminal A at Newark Airport was shut down after a bag in a bag room tested positive for explosives. It turned out to be a computer monitor leaking a small amount of radiation. The terminal has reopened. [NBC NY, NYDN]

• Mayor Bloomberg is urging the Senate to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill, which would provide medical coverage for 9/11 responders and survivors exposed to toxins from the attacks. On Thursday Senate Democrats failed to get the procedural vote to open debate on it, but yesterday they said they hoped to have changed the bill enough to get Republican support. The bill has passed in the House. [CNN]

• The NYPD is reviving their search to find the killer of 19-year-old Lissette Torres, found murdered on New Year’s Day 1987 a mile from her home in Sunset Park. [NYP]

• Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been spotted in Beijing. He’s said to have toured the Baidu complex with founder Robin Li and Zuckerberg’s girlfriend Priscilla Chan. [Shanghaiist]

• Next Sunday is your last chance of the year to ride the MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia train. Bowery Boogie did it! They have pictures.