As 2014 draws to a close, Yahoo News writers look back at some of the biggest political stories of the year.
Missing AirAsia plane may be at 'bottom of sea'
By Gayatri Suroyo and Fergus Jensen SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday. ...
7 dead as ferry rescue is complete
BARI, Italy (AP) -- Helicopters defied high winds and stormy seas Monday to evacuate hundreds of passengers and staff from Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. Five people died and survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain.
Diversity in GOP 2016 hopefuls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long criticized as the party of old white men, Republicans are seeing a diverse group of people step up for possible contention in the 2016 presidential race.
NY mayor to speak at police graduation as tensions with officers mount
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was set to address graduating police cadets on Monday, two days after thousands of uniformed officers turned their backs on him at a slain cop's funeral over what they called his failure to support law enforcement. The mayor's appearance at a New York Police Department graduation ceremony comes amid mounting tensions after two officers were killed following months of nationwide demonstrations over what protesters say are racist police practices. ...
Texas police investigate deaths of four people in Fort Worth area home
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Texas responding to a possible suicide at a home in suburban Fort Worth found the bodies of a man, two women and a girl inside the residence, officials said on Monday. A 9-year-old boy found alive in the home has been placed in protective custody and is being interviewed about the incident that took place on Sunday, police said. The boy called a relative, saying there was a man inside who was trying to kill himself. That relative then called police who went to the house in Crowley, south of Fort Worth. ...
John Mellencamp @ Louisville Palace Friday, Jan 23
Fleetwood Mac @ KFC Yum Center Tues Feb 17
Nickelback @ KFC YUM CENTER Wednesday, Feb 25
Meghan Trainor @ Mercury Ballroom Sunday, March 1
Maroon 5 & Magic! @ KFC Yum Center Saturday, March 14