Good morning, and happy last day of 2014! Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Sonar may show wreckage of AirAsia jet on sea floor
Sonar detected a large, dark object Wednesday on the ocean floor off Borneo where bodies and debris from AirAsia Flight 8501 were spotted the day before. Ships and planes from a number of nations scouring the Karimata Strait for the jet have been hampered by poor weather conditions. Seven bodies have been recovered, but large waves and heavy winds made the search and recovery efforts challenging on Wednesday. Read more in NEWS.
2. Ferguson cops draw gunfire during arrest
Shots were fired at police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, as they tried to arrest six people suspected of a break-in on Tuesday night, authorities said. The officers were responding to reports of a burglary at a store that was torched during the protests against the killing of Michael Brown. The officers found several people coming out of the store carrying hair products, according to a statement by the City of Ferguson sent to NBC station KSDK. Read more in NEWS.
3. Millions to ring in 2015 with a chill
New Year's Eve celebrations are known to be frosty in New York and Chicago, but even the areas usually balmy in January will feel the chill as 2014 draws to a close. The iconic Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, could beat a record low of 32 degrees. A mere high of 44 degrees is expected in Las Vegas, and the city could see rain, snow and wind. If the gusts exceed 10 MPH, Sin City's famous fireworks show could be postponed. Happy 2015 ... and 15 degrees below average. Read more in WEATHER.
4. Nine dead in Edmonton murder-suicide
A man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in Edmonton, Alberta, in what the police chief said appears to have been "planned and deliberate" domestic violence and the city's worst mass murder. Each victim had been shot with a stolen 9mm handgun. Authorities stressed that police weren't searching for any other suspects. Read more in NEWS.
5. Five more detainees transferred from Guantanamo
Five inmates were released from Guantanamo Bay, the Defense Department announced Tuesday, dropping the total number of those held at the baseto 127. Congress has already been told that more detainees will be released in the coming weeks. President Barack Obama has called for increased effort to close the detention center, and the administration has released 111 detainees since he took office. Read more in NEWS.
6. U.N. rejects Palestinian resolution for Israel's withdrawal
The United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian-backed resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from disputed territories by late 2017. The resolution called for a return to the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital of two "independent, democratic and prosperous states," and needed nine votes to pass. The U.S. and another country voted against the resolution and five countries did not vote, leaving only eight members which approved the resolution. Read more in NEWS.
And now this ...
On average, people spend almost eight hours working each day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and those who work office jobs are sitting, nearly motionless, for most of that time. For this reason, a French start-up called NewWind has developed a mouse that is guided by body movements in a specialized chair.