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national lead

December 31st, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Live report: New Year's Eve in Times Square

(CNN) - As many as a million people will gather for the biggest party of them all in Times Square tonight.

CNN's Rosa Flores joins "The Lead" live from the middle it all in New York with a preview of the evening's festivities.

politics lead

December 31st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

New questions about Scalise speech

(CNN) - It seems there are more questions than answers surrounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, and whether or not he spoke to a white supremacist group back in 2002.

He apologized yesterday for appearing at the convention of the European American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by David Duke, the notorious former Klan leader and state lawmaker.

But Duke's former campaign manager told Slate.com that Scalise actually had been invited to talk to a local civic association gathering in the same location, saying quote: "He spoke early in the day to a contingent of people prior to the conference kicking off. He was not there as a guest speaker at the conference."

If that's true, then what did Scalise apologize for?

CNN's Athena Jones joins "The Lead" live with all the latest.

world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Panel: Has sonar found AirAsia wreckage?

(CNN) - Sea operations specialist Captain Tim Taylor, CNN aviation analyst Jeff Wise and CNN safety analyst David Soucie discuss the search progress for AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

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world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Report from Borneo: Attempts to identify victims

(CNN) - As families of the victims of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 struggle to come to grips with their loved ones being gone, Indonesian authorities are searching the sea for more wreckage and more victims.

Officials are now bringing bodies to a mid-way point, so they can start the grim process of identifying them.

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports live from Borneo.

world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Search delays compound families' grief

(CNN) - A sad homecoming for some of the passengers on the doomed jet, as two bodies - victims recovered from the Java Sea - arrived in Surabaya, the same city their fated plane left early Sunday morning.

The numbered caskets, escorted by rescue workers and soldiers, hammered home the devastating reality that the 162 souls who boarded AirAsia Flight QZ8501, including 18 children, are almost certainly all gone. So far, Indonesian officials say rescue teams have recovered a total of seven bodies, including a woman wearing a flight attendant's uniform.

All of them will ultimately wind up at hospitals or morgues for the grim but necessary process of examining and identifying the bodies, to give families closure and to look for any evidence that might strip away the layers of mystery about how this jet went down.

Clues that might give the families and friends of the passengers - and the world - some answers.

CNN's Andrew Stevens reports live from Surabaya on the latest.

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