Lunchtime Links: January 19, 2010

An unusual injury suffered by a Colorado toddler chewing on a plugged in iPod USB cable brings up questions about electricity and safety concerning the popular multimedia devices.

The earthquake in Haiti has left many Haitians in the U.S. – particularly children – looking for answers as to how God could allow the level of devastation and misery seen in its aftermath.

President Obama on Sunday told congregants at a church where the late Martin Luther King Jr. sometimes spoke at that faith keeps him calm in pressing times. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Obama spoke to nearly 300 people gathered at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church – founded by former slaves in 1866 – in Washington, D.C., about King who inspired his generation and those after him to advocate for civil rights, especially racial equality.

The special election today in Massachusetts to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy has potentially large pitfalls for health care reform legislation. If Republican Scott Brown were to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley, it would trim away the Democrats’ 60-vote filibuster-proof majority which has proved key to advancing health care to its current conference committee status.

YouTube was shut down briefly this morning and generating error messages before coming back up. Speculation abounds that Google’s ongoing battle with Chinese censors or Iran’s continued free speech crackdown may be related to the cyber attack.

The Minnesota Vikings head into Sunday’s NFC Championship game at New Orleans with a full head of steam after thrashing the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s divisional round. A concern, though, is the Vikings’ performance away from the home cooking of the Metrodome. Minnesota is a pedestrian 4-4 on the road this season and hasn’t won a road game since Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay on Nov. 1.

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