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Ferry evacuation complete...Search continues for missing plane...Setback for Ebola fight

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 29, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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BARI, Italy (AP) — Passengers are describing panic aboard a Greek ferry as a fire spread -- with people chocking on smoke and struggling to figure out how to reach safety. And they were dealing both with the searing heat from the ship's floors, and driving rain outside. The number of dead from the fire has reached seven. The Italian and Greek coast guards say the evacuation is now over, with more than 430 people rescued -- including passengers and crew.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 15 ships, and nearly a dozen aircraft are involved in the search for the AirAsia plane that disappeared while on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore yesterday with 162 people aboard. An air force official says an Australian aircraft has spotted "suspicious" objects in the water about 700 miles from where the plane lost contact. That area is still within today's greatly expanded search area. But the official says there's no indication whether the objects are from the missing plane.

LONDON (AP) — A Virgin Atlantic jet bound from London to Las Vegas has made an emergency landing at its starting point, Gatwick Airport, after developing a problem with its landing gear. Television images showed the Boeing 747 on the runway as fire trucks waited nearby. The plane circled off the coast of England, and then near Gatwick, before landing some four hours after it took off.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — There's a setback for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, even amid some recent improvements. Health officials in Liberia say they've seen dozens of new cases in that country, near its border with Sierra Leone. They say the new cases are a result of a number of factors -- including people going in and out of Liberia.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who was found living with the skeletal remains of three babies in a squalid home has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. Erika Murray barely spoke as she was arraigned today. She'd originally been charged with fetal death concealment after the remains were found in her home in September. She was indicted on the murder charges earlier this month.

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