The Democratic Party loses one of its icons. Bad weather slows AirAsia search. And the college football national championship is set.
It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. MARIO CUOMO
Party standard-bearer: The Democratic Party has lost one of its giants. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82. He had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition, but passed away, at home, from "natural causes due to heart failure," his family said. Cuomo's passionate and powerful keynote address at the 1984 Democratic political convention vaulted him onto the national political scene. President Barack Obama praised Cuomo for his faith in God and championing of progressive values in a statement issued by the White House.
* Bang! * Boom! * Pop! * Cheer! * Suddenly it’s here! The New Year! 2015 beckons us to look ahead with best resolutions for the next twelve months and to reminisce on the dozen we laid to rest last night.
How about we start 2015 with an aspirin for that hangover and “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What we have in common: Wear red underwear if you want love - Brazil. Throw beans out the front door to ward off misfortune – Japan. Eat black-eyed peas and greens for luck and money – the American South. Pour molten lead into water to tell your fortune – Germany. New Year’s traditions vary from culture to culture, but there’s one that spans the globe – fireworks displays. From Sydney to L.A. the pyro blossoms were spectacular last night. Here are collections of the most luminous midnight skylines.
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."
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.
The first pieces of debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501 are found in the Java Sea. After both freezing and burning conditions, all passengers are off a fire-stricken ferry. And Ebola has now reached another European country.
It's Tuesday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Heartbreaking news: After three days of intense searching, officials say they've found debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 off the coast of Borneo. The plane disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board. Indonesia's President said search teams are now concentrating on finding and recovering bodies.