8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Jan 02 2015

New Year's Eve ended in tragedy in Shanghai's Bund district, where 36 people were killed in a stampede on stairs leading to a viewing platform, despite the fact that the evening's official fireworks display had been canceled.
Will trans* teen Leelah Alcorn's last wishes be fulfilled? A number of petitions are trying to make it so.
Flight attendant Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, the first victim to be identified from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was laid to rest on Thursday. Weather has slowed the recovery of bodies from the flight, which crashed in the Java sea on Sunday, and the search for the plane's fuselage and black box continues.
Get your armor ready, paparazzi: Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are expecting their second child together in 2015.
Lake Superior State University's 40th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness includes "bae," "hack," "swag," and "polar vortex."
Uber's "beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission" policy didn't go over too well in Spain, where the car service agreed to shut down pending an appeal on a judge's ban. Meanwhile, we're betting someone to post these (fake) Uber mashups in an app store any day now.
Instead of just grumbling about the lack of storage space on their iPhones like the rest of us, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara are suing Apple for misrepresenting the amount of storage actually available once iOS 8 is installed.
It's finally 2015, and we do have smart clothing and possibly a flying car, but Back to the Future Part II got a whole lot of other things wrong.

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