The longest-serving circuit court clerk in Virginia history has passed away. 92-year-old William Maxey, Jr. died on the Sunday before Christmas at his home in Powhatan County. Maxey began serving as the Powhatan Court Clerk in July 1957 and won his most recent re-election six years ago. He retired at the end of September.
An obsessed fan of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been arrested and charged with sending death threats to the rocker and his family.
Arcade Fire are baffled by the avalanche of online file-sharing because fans will regularly buy expensive coffee but expect to get records for free.
Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.