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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say there was no distress signal from the missing AirAsia jetliner that lost contact with ground control today on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore. The plane carrying 162 disappeared over the Java Sea and a search has been under way for several hours. Officials say the plane did request a diversion due to weather.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and NATO are saying a formal goodbye to mark the end of the 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan. It will transition to a support role Jan. 1 involving some 13,500 troops. A ceremony was held today at the main base in the Afghan capital, Kabul. There were 3,500 foreign troop deaths including 2,224 Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a few exceptions, commercial drone flights in the United States are officially banned, but the winds of change may soon begin to blow. The Obama administration is about to propose rules for commercial drone operations, but key decisions are likely to come from Congress next year. Even after rules are proposed, regulations are unlikely to become final for two or three years. Drone industry officials want a faster track.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials say a burning Italian ferry off the Greek island of Corfu is in no immediate danger of sinking. The ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire in gale-force winds early today, forcing authorities to order an evacuation. Officials say the operation is more difficult because of the weather.
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The lava is moving again near a shopping center on Hawaii's Big Island but officials say it doesn't pose an immediate threat to residents or businesses. The lava had previously been on pace to hit the marketplace around Christmas day, but then it stopped moving. The molten rock has advanced 15 yards since Friday afternoon.
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