AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost in stormy weather

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with storm clouds on […]

Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

By Darya Korsunskaya and Vladimir Abramov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month’s ruble crisis.  The economy is slowing sharply […]

‘Facilitator’ of Taliban school attack killed in Pakistan

AFP Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country’s worst ever terror attack, officials said Friday. Named only as “Saddam”, the militant was killed Thursday night in a gunfight with security forces in the restive Khyber tribal area, which borders […]

Man Who Threatened to Kill Police Officers Says Dead Cops Should Have Been White

New details have emerged about one of the threats that was made against New York police officers in the wake of the fatal shooting that left two cops dead in New York last weekend. Facebook® Account Sign Up. Join for Free Today! Facebook Sponsored  Elvin Payamps, 38, was arrested Wednesday after someone overheard him […]

N. Korea calls Obama ‘monkey’ in hacking row

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.”  North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an […]

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

Associated Press HYUNG-JIN KIM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”  Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea’s massive propaganda […]

Gunman who killed two NYPD officers identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, ID’d as shooter of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn ambush ‘assassinations’ The lone gunman who walked up to a Brooklyn patrol car and opened fire, killing two New York City police officers execution style, has been identified as a Baltimore man who posted chilling anti-cop messages to social media Saturday before traveling […]

Second Graders Spend Recess Protesting Ferguson. Are They Too Young?

The 20-odd people chanting “Honk if you want justice,” on a New Bedford, Massachusetts sidewalk Dec. 12 got a lot of attention. They were second graders, rallying against police for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While the rest of their class enjoyed 11:30 recess that morning, these 7 and 8-year-old protesters […]

TV station: 5 dead in shootings near Philadelphia

SOUDERTON, Pa. (AP) — Police on Monday surrounded a home outside Philadelphia where they believe a suspect had barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. The man was suspected of killing five people Monday morning at three different homes, police told WPVI-TV ( ). They say the man was suspected of killing a woman in […]