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December 28, 2014

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  • Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party leaves government
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Sri Lanka's largest Muslim political party on Sunday defected from President Mahinda Rajapaksa's camp to support the opposition candidate in next month's presidential election.
  • Hamas bars Gaza children from Israel trip
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Gaza's Hamas rulers prevented a group of children from entering Israel on Sunday for a postwar conciliatory trip meant to foster peace, Hamas and organizers said.
  • Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa
    Dec. 28, 2014
    West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.
  • Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 comfort each other at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway.
    What might have happened to AirAsia flight
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar.
  • Workers plant strawberries in Watsonville, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2014. Thousands of farmworkers in California, the nation’s leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts may soon be able to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady, year-around work building homes, cooking in restaurants and cleaning hotel rooms. An estimated 5 million people in the country illegally could be eligible to stay under the executive action President Barack Obama announced in November. Farmworkers are expected make up a significant portion of those benefiting, but leaders in agriculture say this comes while farmers are already scrambling for hired help.
    Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.
  • Passengers and crew are seen on the deck of the Italian-flagged ferry Norman Atlantic as it is approached by a rescue helicopter after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Italian and Greek rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves as they struggled Sunday to evacuate 422 passengers and 56 crew members on board. At least one person died and two were injured. The fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck of the ferry, traveling from the western Greek port of Patras to the Italian port of Ancona on the Adriatic.
    1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.
  • A relative of AirAsia flight QZ8501 passengers weeps as she waits for the latest news on the missing jetliner at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. A massive sea search was underway for the AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia to Singapore through airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.
    Search resumes for missing AirAsia passenger jet
    Dec. 28, 2014
    The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore resumed with first light Monday. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain on Sunday before work was suspended due to darkness. The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine ...
  • Pro hockey could have trickle-down effect in Las Vegas
    Dec. 28, 2014
    If all goes as planned, the investors not only would give Las Vegas its first big-league sports club but also boost amateur hockey — a far smaller but still lucrative line of business ...
  • Wasting the day away at work
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Employees burn about two hours of time on nonwork-related activity. What you can do about it.
  • "I don't think there's anything that would be better for the community than NASCAR," Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson says.
    Events boss: 40 million visitors is not enough
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Pat Christenson talks about the tourism record broken in 2014 and the opportunity Las Vegas has to set the mark even higher.
  • Fixing a rotating door of CEOs at UMC
    Dec. 28, 2014
    In 2014, the city’s public hospital changed top executives twice. Lawrence Barnard announced this month he would leave the hospital’s top job after less than a year for an executive position with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. His predecessor, Brian Brannman, left UMC in January after two and a half years as CEO for a similar position with Dignity Health. Will the third CEO be the charm? ...
  • Shelli Ryan is board chairwoman for Dress for Success Southern Nevada, CEO of technology consultancy Ad Hoc Communication Resources and board chairwoman for the Stride Center.
    Combining warmth with military-style precision
    Dec. 28, 2014
    She’s the chairwoman of the board for the Stride Center and Dress for Success Southern Nevada, in addition to being CEO of her own consulting company. Shelli Ryan talks about corporate life as a woman, her goals for the nonprofit groups she is so passionate about and her warm but disciplined management style.
  • People on the Move: Dec. 28-Jan. 10
    Dec. 28, 2014
    In the People: Dana Bennett, Dr. Neville Campbell, Lori Murphy, Leah Irons, Clark Wood, Dan Lee, Robert McCord, Michael Esposito, Bob Roper, Michael Lowry, Michelle Layton and more ...
  • UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is triumphant as he leaves the MGM lobby after getting into a fight with challenger Daniel Cormier during a UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Monday Aug. 4, 2014.
    It’s time for UFC’s Jones and Cormier to finish the fight
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier brawled at a UFC news conference in August. They will pick up where they left off Jan. 3, and judging by both fighters’ rhetoric, neither can wait.
  • Karin Roelf crochets dozens of hats, scarves, and blankets for the homeless every year and donates them to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Shown above on Dec. 12, 2014 at Catholic Charities, 1501 Las Vegas Boulevard North.
    ‘I want to give something of myself’
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Hundreds of homeless people in the valley have Karin Roelf to thank for helping them stay warm in winter ...
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