December 31st, 2014
12:10 PM ET

Will Boehner's decision to support Scalise after white supremacist speech backfire?

Washington (CNN) - House Republican leadership is standing by Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3-ranking House Republican, in the wake of a firestorm of criticism surrounding his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.

Scalise's position as House majority whip has been thrown into doubt by the revelation, and the congressman had been calling members to gauge the level of support he had from his party, according to a senior House Republican source.

But House Speaker John Boehner, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, said Scalise has his "full confidence" as whip.

"More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate. Like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I know Steve to be a man of high integrity and good character. He has my full confidence as our Whip, and he will continue to do great and important work for all Americans," he said.

His message came shortly before a similar message of support from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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December 31st, 2014
11:12 AM ET

7 bodies recovered from AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Surabaya, Indonesia (CNN) - Indonesian searchers battling bad weather in their efforts to find more remains from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have so far recovered 10 bodies from the sea, officials said Wednesday.

A day after the first bits of debris from the commercial jet were spotted afloat off the coast of Borneo, the search operation was hampered Wednesday by big waves, strong winds and heavy rain. Helicopters scanning for signs of wreckage and victims were halted in their search, while ships continued combing the waters. It was unclear how long aerial operations would be held up.

Answers about why the aircraft, with 162 people on board, fell from the sky Sunday remained elusive.

Among the 7 bodies recovered so far was that of a woman wearing a flight attendant's uniform, said Bambang Soelistyo, Indonesia's national search and rescue chief.

"Reality of seeing the evacuees and some of my aircraft parts are soul destroying," AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted. The air executive also put to rest rumors of a survivor found in a life jacket, saying that only the life jacket was found in the water.

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December 31st, 2014
10:56 AM ET

More than 139 motorists rescued from snow on California mountain pass

(CNN) - It beats sleeping in your car at temperatures in the teens - maybe lower.

Motorists snowed in on a mountain pass near Los Angeles will wake up Wednesday in a church shelter after fire rescuers ferried all 139 of them down in three snowcat vehicles overnight.

They had gotten stuck near the town of Crestline, when a wreck blocked the road, and snow piled in on top of them, San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said. Some of them pulled out their phones and called for help.

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December 31st, 2014
04:01 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Searchers find more bodies while looking for the doomed AirAsia flight. Police officer deaths are up this year, and the numbers show it. And Palestinians miss approval of statehood by just one vote in the U.N. Security Council.

It's Wednesday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

DOOMED PLANE
Wreckage on seafloor? Yesterday, the first wreckage scraps and a few bodies turned up; today, teams searching for doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 may have come upon something larger. It's not confirmed, but one official says he thinks sonar spotted debris on the floor of the Java Sea. Rescuers also found at least one more body. Ten have been recovered so far, one of them wearing a flight attendant’s uniform. Yesterday, loved ones who inadvertently saw images of bodies in the water broke down - some fainted.

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