Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Debris found in water 'indeed' from AirAsia
Rescuers on Tuesday began pulling bodies and debris from the Java Sea where AirAsia Flight QZ8501 is believed to have crashed Sunday en route to Singapore. AirAsia Indonesia said it was informed by Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency that debris found was "indeed" from the doomed plane. An exact number of bodies recovered wasn't immediately clear, but families waiting in the airport for hopeful news cried out in grief. The plane had vanished from radar minutes after requesting to climb 6,000 feet to avoid bad weather. Read more in NEWS.
Bodies, debris from AirAsia Flight 8501 foundDec. 30, 201402:43
2. Final ferry passengers rescued after 10 killed
The last of the passengers trapped on a burning ferry off the coast of Greece were rescued, officials said Monday, bringing to an end a nightmare scenario that began early Sunday. At least 10 people are believed to have perished after the fire broke out as the Italian-flagged ferry sailed between Greece and Italy. About 478 people were on board, and bad weather had dogged efforts to rescue the passengers, some of whom bore signs of injuries and had to be stretchered off the ferry. Read more in NEWS.
3. Icy chill blanketing Plains and South
How low can it go? Temperatures are going to drop some 15 to 25 degrees lower across the southern Plains and parts of the South on Tuesday, as snow continues to fall in the mountainous areas in the Rockies. By 4 a.m. ET, there were already 38 canceled flights in and out of Denver International Airport. The cold air also could hit the Northeast, with temperatures in New York and Boston expected in the 30s. And for Las Vegas — there might even be snow for New Year's, something that hasn't happened since 2008. Read more in NEWS.
4. Staten Island Rep. Grimm will resign from Congress
Following his guilty plea to felony tax evasion last week, Rep. Michael Grimm is expected to step down on Jan. 5, a House aide confirmed Monday night. Grimm, 44, is accused of failing to accurately report payroll and earnings of a restaurant he owned before being elected to Congress in 2011. Just as infamously, he grabbed headlines last January when he threatened on camera to throw a TV reporter off a balcony and said he'd break him "like a boy." Read more in POLITICS.
5. First case of Ebola in Britain diagnosed
A Scottish health care worker who had just returned from Sierra Leone is the first to be diagnosed with Ebola in Scotland and all of Britain. Earlier this year, a British nurse had been evacuated from Sierra Leone after he was already diagnosed with the virus. He survived. This latest patient, who hasn't been identified, went to the hospital feeling unwell just a few hours later. "All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored," Scotland's government said in a statement.
6. President apologizes for ruining couple's wedding
Barack Obama is quite the wedding crasher. The president's game of golf Saturday at the Marine Base Hawaii forced a couple to change venues after planning to tie the knot at the 16th green. An administration official told NBC News that White House staff didn't know of the conflict until Bloomberg News, which first reported the story Monday morning, called for comment. Ultimately, Obama gave the couple a congratulatory call. Read more in NEWS.
Military Couple Forced to Move Wedding for Obama’s Golf GameDec. 29, 201402:19
And now this ...
You'll be blown away by this. A French startup called NewWind has developed a new kind of wind turbine: It looks like a tree and needs less wind than a traditional turbine to create power.