The Brief

Indonesia Plane
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AirAsia Plane Lost Carrying 162

An AirAsia plane that departed Surabaya, Indonesia, for Singapore early Sunday with 162 people aboard has vanished over the Java Sea. Flight QZ 8501 lost contact at 7.24 a.m. in what looks like the third major aviation disaster connected with Malaysia this year

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Optimism Marks 2015 Poll

Americans are closing out 2014 with a rosy glance to the future, according to a new poll, with nearly half predicting that 2015 will be better

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends

N. Korea Insults Obama

North Korea crudely compared President Obama to a "monkey" and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet, amid the Sony hacking row

Funeral Held For One Of Two NYPD Officers Murdered In Brooklyn

New York City Mourns Fallen Officer

Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered condolences to the family of Rafael Ramos, who was shot dead along with his partner Wenjian Liu last week, while thousands attended the funeral Saturday

Facebook's Influence In Consumer Consumption Of News Growing

Facebook Apologizes for Pain Caused by Algorithm

Facebook apologized to a man who lost his six-year-old daughter to brain cancer in 2014 —an event highlighted in his "Year in Review," a social network feature which automatically highlighted most-liked photos from users' accounts without allowing edits

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Snow, Ice Sweep Europe, Stranding Drivers

Traffic jams snarled many of France's major highways on Saturday, with more than three-quarters of the country under severe weather watch. Only 7,000 drivers of 36,000 expected were able to reach their destination in Savoie, one of the Alps regions

Somalia Extremist Leader Surrenders

Islamist Extremist Leader Surrenders in Somalia

The surrender of Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, one of eight leaders of the extremist group that has been on the Obama Administration's wanted list since 2012, came just days after a deadly attack by al-Shabab Christmas Day on an African Union base in Mogadishu

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Report: Dustin Diamond Speaks Out About Stabbing Arrest

On Friday, Dustin Diamond—better known as Screech from Saved by the Bell—was arrested by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly stabbing a man. While few details were known at the time, reports of what happened are now starting to trickle out

Mehmet Ali Agca holds press conference

Man Who Shot John Paul II Visits the Late Pope’s Tomb

Mehmet Ali Agca laid white flowers at John Paul II's resting place during his first visit to the Vatican since 1981, when he attempted to assassinate the Pope. It marked the 31st anniversary of Pope John Paul II visiting Agca in a Rome prison for the crime

Ludacris and Eudoxie Agnan

Rapper Ludacris Proposes to Girlfriend on Private Plane

The rapper took popping the question to new heights when he proposed to girlfriend Eudoxie Mbouguiengue this weekend. But his longtime love's response wasn't the one-word answer he was waiting for. "She didn't say yes," he teased on Instagram. "She said HELL YES!"

Exodus Movie

Exodus Banned in Egypt

Exodus: Gods and Kings is set in Egypt but you won’t actually be able to see it there, after the adaptation of the biblical story of Moses ran afoul of censors. “It shows ancient Egyptians as a mob group persecuting peaceful Jews," an official said