The Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M carrying hundreds of migrants arrives at the southern Italian port of Gallipoli, some 170 kilometers (108 miles) south of Bari, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Italian authorities took control Tuesday of a cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants after the crew disappeared and set it on a programmed route to crash into a coast, officials said. The alarm was first raised about the Blue Sky M after a passenger sent a distress call earlier Tuesday when the ship was off Greece. The operation came two days after a Greek-operated ferry caught fire between Greece and Italy with the loss of at least 11 lives, prompting a two-day search and rescue effort.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Ing mushrooms growing near the foot of a tree in the front yard of a home in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles. Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California. Lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ago are now seeing an explosion of both poisonous and edible mushrooms in California.
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from right, walks with Bobby Titcomb, second from left, and Greg Orme right after throwing a lei in the Pacific Ocean at the point where he scattered his mother's ashes in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since returning to his childhood home this month on vacation, President Barack Obama has spent nearly every day cloistered with three people whose company puts him at ease. It’s not his wife and daughters, who came with him, but a trio of pals whose friendship dates back to Obama’s high school days in Hawaii.
rescuer is lowered on rope from a hovering helicopter near a body in Java Sea waters, Indonesia Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Indonesian officials on Tuesday spotted six bodies from the AirAsia flight that disappeared two days earlier, and recovered three of them, in a painful end to the aviation mystery off the coast of Borneo island.
A piece of object is floating on the waters of Java Sea near Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. An Air Asia jetliner disappeared Sunday on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore after encountering storm clouds. A massive international search effort has been launched since Flight 8501 disappeared from radar over the Java Sea.
Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. delivers a speech supporting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a rally in Orlando, Fla. A still undeclared candidate, Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as she has said before, if Clinton runs again, she'll work as hard as any underdog. Clinton's 2008 presidential bid stumbled against President Barack Obama, undermined by anti-war activists who opposed her vote to authorize the Iraq war, infighting among her staff and a large entourage in the early states where retail politics matter.
In this 1980 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher poses for a photograph in London. Newly released official papers show that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government considered rebuilding Britain’s chemical weapons arsenal in the face of a Soviet threat in the early 1980s.
Members of Indonesia's Marine Police pray on board a search and rescue ship before a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Pangkal Pinang port in Sumatra Island, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 in Indonesia. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which the AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. The Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
Monday, December 29, 2014
President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, points toward a child in the audience as he greets troops and their families on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during the Obama family vacation.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Jon McBride, who designs and builds drones with Digital Defense Surveillance, flies a training drone for members of the the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team, during a demonstration, in Brigham City, Utah. The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.