Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. AIRASIA JET LOST IN STORMY WEATHER OVER INDONESIA
It’s the third shock involving a Malaysian aircraft this year, including the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March.
2. US, NATO MARK FORMAL END OF WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
Beginning Jan. 1, a new U.S.-led mission will provide training and support for Afghanistan’s military in its battle against insurgents.
3. FIRE ERUPTS ON FERRY TRAVELING FROM GREECE TO ITALY
Hundreds of passengers huddle in gale-force winds on the vessel’s upper decks, awaiting rescue.
4. WHO’S RAISING BIGGER POLITICAL TENT TO FACE MINORITY CHALLENGE
The GOP’s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators, an Indian-American governor, a female business leader and an African-American neurosurgeon.
5. NYPD CHIEF CRITICIZES RANK-AND-FILE
Commissioner Bratton says it was wrong for hundreds of the city’s police to turn their backs on the mayor at a funeral for a slain officer.
6. EBOLA FIGHT HAS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE
The campaign to halt the outbreak in West Africa is hindering the battle against malaria — which is killing many thousands more.
7. WHY EGYPT IS BANNING ‘EXODUS: GODS & KINGS’
The regime says Hollywood’s biblical epic distorts Egypt’s history and presents a “racist” image of Jews.
8. ATLANTIC CITY TELLS 2014 GOOD RIDDANCE
Four of the resort’s 12 casinos shut down during the year and 8,000 workers lost their jobs.
9. WHICH COUPLE IS CALLING IT QUITS
Chris Rock has filed for divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock after 19 years of marriage and two children.
10. JIM HARBAUGH OUT AS COACH OF 49ERS
Whether Harbaugh, who guided San Francisco to three straight NFC championship games, is resigning or was fired isn’t clear.