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Search for missing airliner...Burning ferry evacuated...End of Afghan mission

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.



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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say a missing AirAsia jetliner with 162 people aboard sent no distress signal but did request a deviation due to weather before communication was lost. The plane disappeared today over the java Sea on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore. A search continues but there's been no sign of the plane.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say gale-force winds and poor visibility are making it more difficult to evacuate 466 people from a burning ferry off the Greek island of Corfu. The fire broke out on the car deck of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, traveling from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy with 411 passengers and 55 crew members on board. Officials say the ship isn't in immediate danger of sinking.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — United States and NATO military forces are saying a formal goodbye to Afghanistan today. The 13-year mission ends with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul, even as the insurgency they fought remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks. Some 13,500 troops will remain behind in a supporting role to Afghan forces.

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies and others from law enforcement agencies big and small across the country gathered at the New York City funeral of slain officer Rafael Ramos. He was killed with his partner in a brazen daytime ambush a week ago by a man who later killed himself. Vice President Joe Biden says the shooting "touched the soul of an entire nation."

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old Flagstaff police officer. Officials say the suspect killed himself. Officer Tyler J. Stewart died at Flagstaff Medical Center after he was shot by a man who was a suspect in a domestic-violence case.

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