Good morning, and TGIF! Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82
Hours after his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, delivered a speech to kick off his second term as governor of New York, former three-term governor, Mario Cuomo, died of heart failure. The Democrat was mourned and lauded by fellow politicians on both sides of the aisle. "Tonight, New York City has lost a giant," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said Cuomo was "a strong, eloquent leader who loved New York and its people." Read more in NEWS.
2. First AirAsia passenger buried, recovery continues
Recovery crews searching the Java sea for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 have found as many as 30 bodies, while 162 people were aboard the flight. One body has been identified as Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, and her body was buried quickly in line with Muslim practices. The jet lost contact with air traffic controllers on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore Sunday. Searchers have since spotted what they believe to be a large piece of the fuselage underwater, but rough weather has hampered recovery efforts. Read more in NEWS.
3. Feds want marathon bombing suspect's trial kept in Boston
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense lawyers requested that his trial be moved, arguing that it would be impossible to find an impartial jury in the Boston area, but U.S. prosecutors on Thursday urged a federal appeals court not to move the trial. Prosecutors said that an unbiased jury could be found in the large city, and said moving Tsarnaev's trial would be unfair to victims and families of victims of the bombing. Jury selection is due to begin Monday, but defense lawyers have also requested a delay. Read more in NEWS.
4. Suspect in cop shooting had bodies in trunk
Two men arrested after one of them shot at two West Virginia officers had two dead bodies in their vehicle. The officers were shot after pulling over an SUV with stolen plates. The officers are both expected to survive. After the shooter and the other man in the vehicle surrendered to police, investigators found two "recently deceased" bodies. No one involved has been identified. Read more in NEWS.
5. Bono says bike crash injury means he may not play guitar again
"This is too long. You should not have time to read this. If you do get to the end of it then you are probably on the same painkillers as me," began a 6,000-word note to fans from U2 frontman Bono, which detailed his year and an injury he suffered in a bike accident in November. Bono said he had broken his hand, shoulder, elbow "and my face," and as a result, might not ever be able to play guitar again. The musician, in an apparent effort to stay positive, said: "The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this." Read more in POP CULTURE.
6. Buckeyes beat Bama, headed to championship
Ohio State didn't exactly leave fans confident during the start the Sugar Bowl game against No. 1 Alabama on Sunday night. Alabama had a 21-6 lead before Ohio State scored two straight touchdowns before the end of the first half. The Buckeyes kept the roll going, pulling away to a 42-35 upset and a meeting with No. 2 Oregon, 59-20 winners over No. 3 Florida State on Sunday, in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship on Jan. 12. Read more in SPORTS.