January 2nd, 2015
05:10 PM ET

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82

(CNN) - Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo - who rose from the Depression-era streets of Queens to serve three times as governor and whose passionate keynote address at the 1984 Democratic political convention vaulted him onto the national political scene - died Thursday. He was 82.

Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. His family said he passed away, at home, from "natural causes due to heart failure."

Cuomo was governor for three terms, from 1983 to 1995.

He was married to his wife, Matilda, for more than six decades. They had five children, including current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in for his second term Thursday, and Chris Cuomo, host of CNN's "New Day."


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January 2nd, 2015
11:25 AM ET

30 bodies, piece from fuselage found as AirAsia search focuses on 'most probable' area

(CNN) - With crews from around the world aiding in the search, 30 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, Indonesian officials said Friday.

What appears to be a piece of the fuselage was found, Singapore's Defense Ministry said. It resembles a window panel.

Finding the fuselage and the plane's "black boxes" are a priority, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said Friday. There are 59 teams of divers involved, the agency's chief Bambang Sulistyo said, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

The USS Sampson, the U.S. Navy ship that is helping with the search, recovered two of the bodies, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said Friday.

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January 2nd, 2015
06:54 AM ET

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo remembered on Twitter

The passing of Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo on Thursday sparked an outpouring of praise on social media, paying tribute to a man known as "the last liberal giant of New York politics."

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January 1st, 2015
10:12 AM ET

AirAsia pilot's family speaks to CNN as they fear the worst

Surabaya, Indonesia (CNN) - It was a stark and painful reminder. The sound of fireworks echoing through the streets of Surabaya as the clock dragged toward midnight underlining the fact that so many of the victims of QZ8501 were on their way to Singapore to celebrate the new year there.

They never made it. And for the past four days, the CNN crew has witnessed the shock, disbelief, frustration, and finally the devastating realization from the families of those missing.

Since Sunday evening, we have been staffing our live camera position 24 hours a day just a few paces from the crisis center at Surabaya International Airport.

We have spoken to family members and friends, trying to negotiate the fine line between prying and reporting, trying to show the human side of a disaster without gross intrusion into private grief.


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