1. MARIO CUOMO
Party standard-bearer: The Democratic Party has lost one of its giants. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82. He had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition, but passed away, at home, from “natural causes due to heart failure,” his family said. Cuomo’s passionate and powerful keynote address at the 1984 Democratic political convention vaulted him onto the national political scene. President Barack Obama praised Cuomo for his faith in God and championing of progressive values in a statement issued by the White House.
2. AIRASIA DISASTER
Looking for answers: Searchers looking for more bodies and wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 continue to be hindered by tough weather conditions. Ships, planes and helicopters are being used to try to find victims of the disaster. Most of the people on board the flight remain missing, and search teams are still looking for the main wreckage of the plane. The Airbus 320 was carrying 162 passengers and crew when it went down. Only 22 bodies have been recovered.
3. GEORGIA POLICE CHIEF SHOOTING
Checking the chief: The man tasked with keeping the peace in a suburb south of Atlanta is being investigated in a shooting that left his wife in critical condition. Authorities aren’t revealing many details, but they said Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom shot his wife Margaret with his service revolver on New Year’s Day a few hours before dawn inside the couple’s bedroom. The chief told 911 it was an accident, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. No charges have been filed. He has been put on administrative leave.
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