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Bush remains in hospital...Searching for missing plane in Asia... Evacuating a fire-ravaged ferry

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.



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HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman for George H.W. Bush says the former president will remain in a Houston hospital for now but that news of a "possible discharge" could come soon. A family spokesman says the 90-year-old will remain for now at Methodist Hospital for observation after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Planes are back in the air and ships are combing the area where an AirAsia passenger plane was last heard from. Flight 8501 disappeared from radar during bad weather Sunday morning on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. There were 162 passengers and crew on the Airbus A320. Nearly everyone aboard the jet was Indonesian.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescue efforts are continuing aboard a ferry that caught fire early Sunday off the coast of Albania. The fire is out but hundreds are still on board the crippled ship. An Italian Coast Guard official says one person died attempting to escape from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic and two were hurt. At least 190 of the 478 people aboard are now off the boat.

UNDATED (AP) — Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas. But the company says heavy traffic might continue to cause problems for customers seeking to play their favorite games. A group of hackers called Lizard Squad — or someone claiming to speak for it — took credit for the disruptions.

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is continuing to advance. It has moved another 10 yards toward a shopping center since Saturday afternoon. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the molten rock from Kilauea Volcano is about 690 yards from the Pahoa Marketplace. Authorities say the flow doesn't pose an immediate threat to residents or businesses.

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