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Ferry chaos, toll uncertain...US help sought to locate plane...First UK Ebola case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 29, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.



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BARI, Italy (AP) — Survivors of the deadly sinking of an overnight ferry from Greece to Italy say there were no fire alarms or warnings from the crew. Chaos followed including trampling and fights over space in lifeboats and helicopter baskets. At least 10 people were killed and more than 400 were rescued. But the head count doesn't add up, meaning there could have been some aboard illegally.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has asked the United States to assist in the search for the AirAsia flight that dropped from the radar Sunday while above the Java Sea with 162 people aboard. Searches have turned up no firm evidence, but two oily patches and floating objects have been spotted at two locations.

LONDON (AP) — It's apparently the first case of Ebola in the United Kingdom. Scottish officials say a health care worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital. Authorities say the risk to travelers who may have been on flights with the worker are "extremely low"

BALTIMORE (AP) — An Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore on Saturday was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession. According to court documents, Bishop Heather Cook was charged in 2010 with DUI and marijuana possession and had a blood alcohol level three times higher than the legal limit.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Business groups trying to sack a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags say they've collected 800,000 signatures, which is more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot. The ban was scheduled to be phased in starting in July at large grocery stores and supermarkets as a way to reduce litter.

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