►A district judge has ruled that the U.S. government does not have to release information about how it decides who to target in drone strikes. New York Times reporters sued the government for the information after it denied FOIA requests. The Times reporters, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane, said they would appeal.
►A British Airways flight made an emergency landing after two drunken passengers tried to storm the cockpit and threatened a stewardess. The passengers, two middle aged women, could be banned for life from British Airways flights.
►The FBI processed requests for a record number of people seeking background checks in order to buy guns in December, CNN reports. The FBI saw more than 2.78 million requests last month and 19.5 million last year – an increase of three million since last year.
►In other news, more than 25,000 people were designated “missing” during Felipe Calderon’s time as president of Mexico, according to a secret government list obtained by a Mexican newspaper. ♦ Gunmen kidnap the head of criminal investigation in Benghazi. Last November, the police chief was executed. ♦ McAfee’s 2013 prediction report says the hacktavist group Anonymous will lose visibility in the next year because of too many “uncoordinated and unclear operations have been detrimental to its reputation.”