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Ebola outbreak: Liberia opens new cemetery – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

29 December 2014 Last updated at 18:49 Liberian officials say the new site will allow victims to be buried in a safe and dignified way Liberia has opened a new national cemetery to provide safe burial sites for victims of the Ebola outbreak. A Liberian official said the 50-acre site in Monrovia, half of which is ready to…

With Another Flight Missing, Malaysians Face Familiar Lack of Answers – New York Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

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All passengers off stricken Adriatic ferry, Italian coast guard says – CNN

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

(CNN) — Ten people have now been confirmed dead after a ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, the Italian coast guard said on Twitter on Monday. It reported that 427 people have been rescued. The Italian coast guard earlier said that all remaining passengers had been evacuated from the vessel, with the boat’s commander finally leaving the ship at 2:50 p.m. Monday. The coast guard told CNN…

How Ebola Roared Back – New York Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

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Uneasiness among LA police as 2 officers say they were shot at – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

The search for a second suspect in an “ambush” on Los Angeles police was called off early Monday, and red and yellow caution tape barred entrance to the scene of the shooting. “We don’t know what precipitated the shooting,” LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman told the Los Angeles Times, but “everyone’s keenly aware of what happened in New York,” and there is a “sense of uneasiness.” Sunday night around 9:20 p.m.,…

Obama’s golf game boots bride, groom from Hawaii wedding – New York Daily News

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

Courtesy Becca Dryer President Obama’s golf game forced Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. to change their wedding venue in Hawaii on Sunday. For birdie or for worse. President Obama’s golf game Sunday forced U.S. Army captains Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. to relocate their wedding ceremony. The lovebirds were set to wed Sunday at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, located on Marine Corps Base…

How does AirAsia Flight 8501 compare to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? – CBS News

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

At first glance, the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 echoes that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The airline, and regional governments, have so far failed to explain how this happened, but the circumstances surrounding its disappearance, and the reaction of all involved, are shaping up to be very different, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. AirAsia Flight 8501 left the Indonesian city of Surabaya bound for Singapore around 5:30 am…

Seven Die, Dozens Treated in Hospital After Ferry Blaze – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

Rescue helicopters fought high winds and stormy seas through the night to pull hundreds of terrified and exhausted passengers from a ferry that caught fire while traveling from Greece to Italy. At least seven people died and dozens were being treated for hypothermia, officials said. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told a news conference that all the passengers and crew members inside the Italian-flagged ferry, Norman Atlantic, had been evacuated….

Obama on GOP Congress: I’ll probably need my veto pen – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

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Greece faces early election after PM loses vote on president – Reuters

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece heads to an early general election next month after parliament rejected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s nominee for president on Monday, throwing the country into a new period of political turmoil just as it emerges from economic crisis. Greek 10-year bond yields surged to a 15-month high and stocks tumbled after former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas fell short of the 180 votes needed to become president in…

LAPD ambush: Police call off massive search for second gunman – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

The search for a gunman believed to be involved in an attack on two police officers in South Los Angeles on Sunday night was called off just before 6 a.m. today, officials said. lRelated L.A. Now Like the chilly weather? This week to bring more of it, plus rain, chance of snow See all related A citywide tactical alert was called after the incident in which two men opened fire…

Official: Missing jet likely at ‘bottom of the sea’ – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

As families wait for the search for the missing AirAsia flight to resume, the Indonesian vice president details the plan to find the plane. Nathan Frandino reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 attend a briefing at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on Monday.(Photo: Manan Vatsyayana, AFP/Getty Images) Southeast Asia was mourning its third airline catastrophe of the…

Bratton’s Unsought Role: Peacemaker Between His Officers and His Boss – New York Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

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More Than 130 People Awaiting Rescue from Stricken Ferry Off Greece – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

More than 130 people are still awaiting rescue on the deck of a ferry that caught fire in rough waters and freezing temperatures off the Italian port town of Printezi, Greek and Italian officials said on Monday. Helicopter rescue teams worked through the night winching small groups of passengers off the deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic where fire broke out early Sunday while it was sailing from the Greek…

Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda – NPR

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

President Obama has begun his administration’s final phase the way he began several other chapters of his presidency: seeking to recover from disaster. Obama has moved vigorously since his party lost the Senate in November. Without consulting Congress, he’s offering legal status to millions of immigrants. He’s restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. Above all, he’s striving to show he will not be a lame duck. The president took our questions…

Greek Shorts Ascendant in Hedge Against Syriza Victory: Options – Bloomberg

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

Only Russia has delivered a worse return than Greece for stock investors this year, and traders are showing little faith the equity market in Athens will rebound any time soon. Bearish bets on an exchange-traded fund tracking Greek shares climbed this month to the highest level since May 2012, just before the benchmark ASE Index fell to a low in the wake of the nation’s debt restructuring. The measure is…

Official: AirAsia Flight QZ8501 likely at ‘bottom of the sea’ – CNN

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

(CNN) — The missing AirAsia jet probably crashed into the sea, Indonesia’s top rescue official said Monday, citing radar data from the plane’s last contact. “Our early conjecture is that the plane is in the bottom of the sea,” Bambang Sulistyo, head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency, told reporters, saying the view was based on the plane’s flight track and last known coordinates. But searchers still don’t know…

1 Dead, Hundreds Stranded in Greek Ferry Disaster – New York Times

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

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1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

As rescued passengers receive medical care in Brindisi, the stricken car ferry that caught fire off the Greek coast is being towed to Italy as hundreds still await airlift. Gavino Garay reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, on Sunday.(Photo: AP) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of passengers…

Search and Rescue Operation Resume for Missing AirAsia Jet – ABC News

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014

Australia has joined the massive search and rescue operation for an AirAsia Indonesia jet that lost contact with air traffic control over the Java Sea during a flight to Singapore shortly after the pilots requested a change of flight plan because of weather. The Australian Defence Force deployed a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft to assist in the Indonesian-led search for missing AirAsia flight 8501, the…