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Objects spotted in search for missing plane...1st passengers from burning ferry on land...10 dead in China scaffold collapse

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 29, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.



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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official says Australian planes have spotted objects in the sea in the search for the AirAsia plane that vanished Sunday on its way from Indonesia to Singapore. Officials have predicted a tragic ending for the plane and its 162 people aboard. During a news conference, Indonesia's search and rescue chief said based on the coordinates that they know, they believe "the plane is at the bottom of the sea."

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say the pilot of the missing AirAsia plane had asked to increase altitude because of rough weather, but the request couldn't be granted immediately because another plane was in that airspace. By the time clearance could be given, Flight 8501 had disappeared. The jet had been airborne for about 42 minutes.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A cargo ship with 49 survivors of a ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea has arrived in an Italian port. They're the first big group of survivors to reach land. Greece's Merchant Marine minister says 316 people have been evacuated from the burning ferry, but more than 160 passengers and crew remain stranded aboard the smoke-filled vessel that's adrift in frigid temperatures, between Italy and Albania.

BEIJING (AP) — Ten people are dead after a scaffold collapsed at one of Beijing's most prestigious high schools. The accident happened at the start of the school day Monday. Officials say the dead are construction workers, and four others are injured. A high school official says the workers were building a gymnasium.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid home where the skeletal remains of three babies were found faces arraignment Monday on two counts of murder. Thirty-one-year-old Erika Murray originally was charged with fetal death concealment after the remains were found in her Blackstone home in September. She was indicted on the murder charges earlier this month. Officials say Murray's home was infested with rodents and insects, piled high with dirty diapers and contained dead animals.

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