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AirAsia plane lost with 162 aboard...Darkness falls on ferry rescue...Texas apartment fire kills 5

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.



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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — It's a scene of anxiousness and despair at the airport in Indonesia's second largest city. An AirAsia flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore vanished from radar half way into its flight today with 162 people on board. Officials say there were heavy storms in the area at the time, and the pilot had just requested permission to climb to a higher altitude to avoid clouds.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy has left one person dead and trapped hundreds on its top decks. Gale-force winds and choppy seas are hampering the evacuation. The pre-dawn blaze erupted as passengers slept. The Italian Defense Ministry says 165 people have been rescued. Darkness has fallen, but Italy's defense minister says rescue operations will continue throughout the night.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan has come to an end for U.S.-led coalition forces after 13 bloody years. A quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the Afghanistan's own security forces. U.S. Gen. John Campbell commemorated the 3,500 international soldiers killed on Afghan battlefields and praised the country's army for giving him confidence that they are able to take on the fight alone.

CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) — Five people have died after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in a suburb of San Antonio. Officials in Castle Hills, Texas, say three other residents have been hospitalized, one in critical condition. A San Antonio Fire Department spokesman says the fire is out.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested a woman who they say smeared uncooked bacon and sausage all over a police station dispatch window offering to "feed the pigs." Framingham Police Lieutenant Harry Wareham says Lindsey McNamara was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property after Friday's incident. A judge ordered the 24-year-old woman to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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