The Sunrise News Sampler
Officials directing the search for a missing AirAsia jetliner, which vanished yesterday, aren't seeing any reason for optimism. Only two oily spots were seen in the search area, and objects have been spotted in the water, but it's too early to know if they are connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.
Despite recent protests over police treatment of black people, President Obama says the U.S. is less racially divided than it was when he took office. He also says the mistrust between police and minorities isn't new, but it's being talked about more because people are capturing more incidents with their smartphones.
Alabama's massive consolidation of law enforcement agencies has been completed ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline. The Legislature voted in 2013 to start the consolidation of 12 law enforcement programs into the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
A database to track payday loans in Alabama remains on hold because of a court fight, where the loan industry is trying to block the database, which is aimed at improving enforcement of a $500 limit on the amount of payday loans a person can have.
Local authorities say a bystander is recovering from a minor gunshot wound to his buttocks after a shooting outside the Playhouse nightclub early Saturday morning. So far, no arrests have been made, and there are no suspects.
The Christmas morning slaying of 34-year-old Darnell Duane White at Downing Place apartments is believed to have been the result of a prostitution arrangement gone wrong. Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Marcell Fluker has been charged with murder in White's death and remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Saturday with bond set at $75,000, according to our daily.
Comedian Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock after 19 years of marriage.
The Seahawks' 20-6 defeat of the Rams yesterday gave the team its 2nd straight NFC West title while the Steelers beat the Bengals 27-17 to win the AFC North title, but the Bengals are still headed to the playoffs.