The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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By TIME Staff
December 30, 2014

Bodies Found in AirAsia Hunt

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed Tuesday that wreckage of the missing AirAsia Flight QZ 8501, and as many as 40 bodies, had been recovered from the Java Sea. The Singapore-bound plane disappeared on Sunday with 162 people on board

Why Doctors Ask About Soda

Details about a patient’s soda consumption are becoming standard information doctors ask for and record during health appointments

Michigan Hires Jim Harbaugh

Michigan has hired Jim Harbaugh as its next head football coach, after Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers mutually agreed to part ways on Sunday

Inspector General Conducting Review After Biden Vacation

The Department of Interior Inspector General’s office has taken over a review into cheap vacations taken by senior government officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, at a secluded National Park Service lodge in Wyoming

Condé Nast to Pay $5.85 Million to Interns

Condé Nast appears likely to pay $5.85 million to thousands of former interns who have accused the magazine publisher of underpaying them for their work. Condé Nast tabled its internship program shortly after it was sued for wage violations in June 2013

Scottish Ebola Patient Flown to London

A health worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has been flown to London after being diagnosed with Ebola in Glasgow. “I am confident that we are well prepared,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a statement

Oprah No Longer World’s Richest Black Woman

Oprah Winfrey is no longer the world’s richest black woman. That distinction now belongs to Nigerian oil baroness and fashionista Folorunsho Alakija. She’s worth at least $3.3 billion — about $300 million more than American television personality Oprah — according to reports

Republicans Face Growing Divide on Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal justice policy may emerge as one of the GOP’s key fault lines in 2015, as conservative and libertarian leaders are embracing reform, but the base remains committed to the party’s law-and-order roots

Luise Rainer, First Actor To Win Consecutive Oscars, Dies

Luise Rainer, who gained Hollywood immortality by becoming the first person to win an acting Academy Award in consecutive years, has died at the age of 104. Rainer took the best actress prize for “The Great Ziegfeld” in 1936 in and “The Good Earth” in 1937

Baltimore Man Wins Lottery Twice

“It’s great to be back” is something not many people get to say to lottery officials while collecting their winnings. But those were the words uttered by a Baltimore truck driver last week after he won the Maryland Lottery for the second time, collecting $2.85 million

NYC Mayor Booed at Police Academy Graduation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s graduation speech to fall Police Academy graduates was met with mixed audience reactions on Monday, as de Blasio struggles to bridge relationships with New York police officers after a fatal ambush on two cops last week

Sofia Vergara Reportedly Engaged to Joe Manganiello

The Magic Mike star was said to propose while on vacation in Hawaii on Christmas Day, almost six months after he and the Modern Family actress began dating. The two had met at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May

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