We interrupt our Yule vacation to give you this this report just in via Drudge:

“Prosecutors dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, a defense attorney said.

“Joseph Cheshire, an attorney for one of the three players, said charges of kidnapping and sexual offense remain in place.

“District Attorney Mike Nifong did not immediately return calls seeking comment.”

Yes, if I were Nifong, I’d be pondering a move to the North Pole right now.

Meanwhile, La Shawn Barber is tracking all developments.