December 29th, 2014
02:31 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 29, 2014

An airliner vanishes. A ferry catches fire. And the GOP presidential race has a new frontrunner.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Not again!: Another Asian airliner has gone missing, and officials fear it may be somewhere in the bottom of the Java Sea. AirAsia Flight QZ8501 disappeared in Indonesian airspace with 162 people yesterday. Crews are combing a really large area. But so far, nothing.

2. BURNING FERRY

A freezing 24 hours: A fire broke out on a ferry in the Adriatic Sea, and Italian choppers are pulling passengers off one by one. It's painstaking work; 290 have been plucked but more than 150 remain on board the Norman Atlantic. One man died after he either jumped or fell into the frigid waters.

3. FERGUSON PROTESTS

Unspokesman-like conduct: Timothy Zoll is the spokesman for Ferguson PD. Or rather, was. He's been put on unpaid leave after he reportedly called the memorial honoring Michael Brown "a pile of trash" in an interview with the Washington Post. He later told radio station KMOX he was misquoted.

4. JEB BUSH

And he's off: He hasn't said yet that he's running. But Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, according to a CNN/ORC poll. How great is his lead? He's 10 points ahead of his closest competitor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

5. THE INTERVIEW

Ka-ching: Guess how much the scandalous Seth Rogen comedy, "The Interview," raked in? In just four days, and only through online sales, it's made more than $15 million! North Korea is furious, and claims President Obama forced the flick into theaters and streaming video services.

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