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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. The war came to a formal end today with a ceremony in Kabul. In a statement, Obama honors the more than 2,200 Americans who have died in Afghanistan since the war started 13 years ago and says the effort devastated al-Qaida's core leadership, brought Osama bin Laden to justice and disrupted terrorist plots.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The CEO of AirAsia says it's unclear what caused Flight 8501 is to vanish from radar, but the focus right now needs to be on the search for the aircraft. The plane disappeared over the Java Sea with 162 people on board as it flew through stormy skies from Indonesia to Singapore. Indonesia's search and rescue agency says the air search is to resume Monday morning, while some ships continue are combing the area through the night.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner is calling for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect. A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, Commissioner William Bratton tells NBC's "Meet The Press" the "pent-up frustrations" that have caused people to take to the streets go far beyond policing policies, and include the growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor, unemployment and other issues.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has suspended a spokesman after he referred to the Michael Brown memorial as "a pile of trash." The memorial at the site of Brown's death was damaged last week after a car apparently hit it. City officials said negative remarks about the memorial "do not reflect the feelings of the Ferguson Police Department."

WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town plans to mark its New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping big hardware. The Sentinel reports West Fairview plans to drop a 7-foot-tall nail as the clock ticks down Wednesday night. Local artists constructed the 50-pound nail out of wood. It pays homage to the defunct Harrisburg Nail Works, a local mill that once employed many residents.

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