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No signs of missing AirAsia plane...Hundreds still aboard a ferry that caught fire ... SKorea wants talks with North

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.



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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia are involved in the search for a missing passenger plane that disappeared in bad weather Sunday morning on a flight from Indonesia's second-largest city, Surabaya, to Singapore. More than a dozen ships and planes resumed their search for AirAsia Flight 8501 on Monday morning. There were 162 people aboard.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — There are still hundreds of people trapped on a smoking ferry that caught fire early Sunday off the coast of Albania. Officials say crews have rescued nearly half of the 478 people aboard the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic. But one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation. The main fire has been extinguished but some hotspots remain.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is proposing talks with North Korea to discuss what it calls a range of issues needed to prepare for the unification of the divided countries. But it's unclear if Pyongyang will accept Seoul's offer. The North has viewed any of South Korea's unification plans as an attempt to take it over. North Korea wants a unified Korea with Pyongyang in charge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens is in a Nashville-area hospital with an undisclosed illness. A publicist for the Opry says Dickens was admitted on Dec. 25 and is in "critical care." His last performance at the Opry was Dec. 20 as part of his 94th birthday celebration. Dickens, who is 4-foot-11, has performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948.

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

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