10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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Posted: Dec 29, 2014 9:00 PM
10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. BAD WEATHER'S POSSIBLE LINK TO MISSING JET

A storm alone isn't going to bring down a modern plane like AirAsia Flight 8501, experts say. But weather paired with a pilot error or a mechanical failure could be calamitous.

2. CHAOS FOLLOWED FIRE ON ADRIATIC FERRY

"The jungle law prevailed," one passenger says, describing the scene as people fought to be evacuated from the vessel.

3. WHICH NATION IS LIKELY TO DRIVE WORLD ECONOMY IN 2015

As other developing countries falter, the U.S. continues its steady rebound from the Great Recession.

4. COST OF BEING UNINSURED GOING UP IN US

Penalties under Obama's health care law will double for millions of people next year.

5. US-CUBA DETENTE A BOON TO 'GO SLOW' GROUP

The thaw is undercutting prominent dissidents while boosting more moderate reformers who argue for gradually pushing the Castro government toward greater freedoms.

6. CHINA BLAMED FOR BLOCKING GMAIL

The online messaging service is popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.

7. DISCOMFIT FOR GOP AS CONGRESS READIES TO RECONVENE

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chamber's third-ranking Republican, acknowledges he once addressed a white supremacist gathering.

8. WHY 'THE INTERVIEW' IS TURNING HEADS IN HOLLYWOOD

The film has already earned more than $15 million from digital rentals and downloads — suggesting that video-on-demand revenue can be surprisingly robust.

9. OBAMA'S GOLF GAME IN HAWAII BUMPS ARMY COUPLE FROM WEDDING ON 16TH HOLE

To accommodate the vacationing president, the couple is told to move from the spot on the oceanside course where they'd planned to tie the knot.

10. AP NAMES ITS FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR

Philadelphia eighth-grader Mo'ne Davis — the youngest ever to win the AP honor — became an instant celebrity as she took the mound this summer in the Little League World Series.