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U.S. To Help In Search For Missing AirAsia Jet

The U.S. is considering a potential role in the search for the missing AirAsia jetliner.  Indonesia formally made the request today as it also plans on expanding the search zone.  Flight 8501 was headed from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday when it vanished with 162 people on board.  A U.S. official says discussions are underway to determine exactly what type of help is needed.  A recent study showed that the crash is likely to make 2014 aviation’s deadliest year in nearly a decade.

Obama Says Nation Less Racially Divided Than In 2009

President Obama says race relations in the U.S. are better than they were when he took office.  In a portion of an interview that began airing Monday on NPR, the President said that “low morale around race relations in the U.S. is exaggerated.”  Obama believes the national conversation about the recent violence “is not an accurate reflection of the state of affairs around the country.”  He added that the U.S. is probably less racially divided than when he took office in 2009.  The full interview will air in three installments through Wednesday on NPR.

Washington Monument Closes For Brief Time

The Washington Monument is open again to visitors after closing briefly due to a leak.  The leak above the screening room at the Monument’s entrance was discovered this morning but officials don’t know where it came from.  The Monument reopened just before noon with no immediate explanation.  The Washington Monument was also closed December 18th due to elevator trouble.


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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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