Lunchtime Links: January 18, 2010

Christian humanitarian organizations from across the aid spectrum are gathering funds and organizing supplies for earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.

There are some who see human suffering only as an opportunity — as a potential payday. There are some who look at the faces of the dying and envision people to rob. “Absolutely,” said Jason Pack, a special agent at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington. “When a tragedy like this begins to take place, we know there are already people who are registering Internet domain names in anticipation of defrauding those who want to help.”

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattled an area of northeastern New Mexico near the Colorado border early this morning. The area is sparsely populated and little damage was reported.

With nearly $500 million in U.S. revenue – and counting – Avatar has passed Star Wars in profitability.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and deeds still serve as an inspiration for young American born decades after the civil rights leader was assassinated.

Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died Sunday in South Carolina. He was 26. Initial autopsy results indicate he died from an enlarged heart. He is the second NFL player to die in the last two months. Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Henry dies when he fell off the back of a pickup truck in North Carolina.

The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was released from prison on Monday after more than 29 years behind bars. Mehmet Ali Agca waved to journalists as he left the prison in a white sedan car in a convoy of several vehicles. He was taken to a military hospital to be assessed for compulsory military service.

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