Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, Alina Heineke can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Alyssa Goodman (ext. 1900). Times in EST.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board disappears while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia’s second-largest city for Singapore. The two countries immediately launch a search and rescue operation for Flight 8501, but there is no sign of the plane more than seven hours after it lost contact with ground control.
KABUL, Afghanistan — When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan’s police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of the war against the Taliban. As U.S. and international combat troops leave, Afghan policemen are dying in record numbers as they perform dangerous tasks usually reserved for the military.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion. The ceremony will mark the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.
ATHENS, Greece — A ferry carrying nearly 500 people catches fire in gale-force winds off the Greek island of Corfu, forcing authorities to order an evacuation. Greek and Italian Navy ships are heading to the area to help in the coordinated rescue effort. .
NYPD OFFICERS SHOT
NEW YORK — The NYPD estimates more than 20,000 police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and others from law enforcement agencies attended the New York City funeral of a slain officer killed with his partner in a daytime ambush a week ago. The sea of blue uniforms stretches for blocks outside the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, as police helicopters fly above in a missing-man formation and Officer Rafael Ramos’ body is carried by pallbearers in a casket draped in the New York Police Department flag.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect die after a shootout. Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, dies at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a man who was a suspect in a domestic-violence case. Stewart is the second Flagstaff police officer ever to be killed in the line of duty.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is about to propose 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. Federal Aviation Administration officials want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January.
ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam dismisses the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL. “I don’t like to think that way,” Sam says in an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary. “But I do believe I’m a very talented football player and I’m going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league.”
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Game changers who made their mark in 2014.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” —Not available.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; Ron Klain, United States Ebola Response Coordinator.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
“Fox News Sunday” —The year in review.