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Search for missing AirAsia jet...Heroic NYC police officer remembered... Protest against police violence in St. Louis

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 27, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.



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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Search and rescue operations are underway in the Java Sea for an AirAsia plane with more than 160 people aboard that lost contact with ground control Sunday morning after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore. AirAsia says flight 8501 is an Airbus A320-200. The flight included more than 150 passengers. AirAsia is a regional low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York police officer Rafael Ramos is being remembered as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero. Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church in Queens and gathered outside for his funeral Saturday. They were joined by dignitaries including Vice President Joe Biden. Ramos was fatally shot with his partner in an ambush last week.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Demonstrations against police violence are continuing throughout the U.S. On Saturday, about 125 protesters marched to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. That prompted park police to close the monument early, upsetting visitors. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that protesters, holding signs with slogans including "Black Lives Matter," also briefly blocked some streets.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is not going home this weekend. A family spokesman says he will remain in a Houston hospital for observation. The spokesman says the 90-year-old's condition has improved and doctors are discussing dates for his discharge. Bush was hospitalized earlier this week after experiencing shortness of breath.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The White House's National Security Council isn't commenting on North Korea's latest stream on insults and accusations directed at President Barack Obama amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." Pyongyang is blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet and denying it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

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