• In uncommonly blunt language, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping told North Korea to stop futzing around and return to nuclear talks. [NYT]

• Better Place, which let countless Americans drive their electric cars ecstatically around their compound, is filing for bankruptcy in the coming days. [ToI]

• A victory for Texas in the War on Christmas: Governor Rick Perry is expected to sign the “Merry Christmas Bill” after state lawmakers passed the measure, which allows religious symbols to be displayed in schools and public places. [HuffPo]

• Intrigue swirls around the recent rash of layoffs at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. [BoweryBoogie]

Grub Street profiles Maimon Kirschenbaum, the Robin Hood of New York City restaurants, who has brought some of the city’s most famous restaurants to court for not paying their staff properly. [NYM]