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world lead

December 29th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Disastrous year for Malaysia-based air carriers

(CNN) - This year has been a tragic year in aviation.

If you crunch the numbers, according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, there have been 111 plane crashes this year. That is the the lowest number in decades, but when it comes to the number of fatalities, it's another matter. 1,320 people were killed in aviation disasters this year. That is the most since 2005.

Malaysia-based air carriers were involved in three of the deadliest incidents.

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national lead

December 26th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Race for the White House to begin in 2015

(CNN) – 2015 marks the unofficial start of the race for the White House.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry unsuccessfully ran in 2012. Can he shake off the missteps from a few years ago and recast himself to the American people? Meanwhile, Jeb Bush appears poised to run, releasing e-mails from his eight years as Florida governor. Will he have problems with the conservative base of the Republican Party?

CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and CNS News' Terry Jeffrey tackle those questions and more in the video above.

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national lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Democratic congressman: NYC protesters should hold off

(CNN) – There is an ongoing divide between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department following the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers.

The mayor asked protesters to postpone any demonstrations until after both officers were laid to rest, but they have promised to defy his wishes, and take to the streets Tuesday.

"I understand people's right to demonstrate. But if, in fact, you are part of the voices for justice that
we're talking about for Mr. Brown and Mr. Garner, then I think that you should respect the call of the mayor, of the borough president of Brooklyn, and let's hold off," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-New York.
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money lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:14 PM ET

U.S. economy in overdrive

(CNN) – The U.S. economy is running in overdrive. The DOW closed above 18,000 for the first time ever Tuesday, and is up a thousand points this month alone.

Gas prices are at near record lows, dipping below $2/gallon in some places.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows 51% of the people surveyed believe the economy is in good shape, compared to just 38% in October.

The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley breaks down the significance of the numbers in the video above.

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national lead

December 22nd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Can division between de Blasio and NYPD be healed?

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been in office for less than a year, but his relationship with officers inside the New York Police Department has been marred by accusations that he is anti-cop.

At a press conference earlier Monday the mayor issued a call for calm, but anger is boiling over and shows no signs of cooling off. NYPD officers literally turned their backs on de Blasio over the weekend.

Can this division between the mayor and NYPD be healed?

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair of President Obama's task force on 21st century policing, tackles that issue and more in the video above.

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