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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia search-and-rescue official says searchers plan to expand their efforts onto land for an AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard. Earlier, an official had said the plane was likely at the bottom of the Java Sea. It vanished Sunday shortly after pilots sought permission to climb to a higher altitude to get above threatening clouds. The U.S. Navy says it agreed to an Indonesian request for help by sending the USS Sampson, a destroyer already in the region.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A US Airways Express flight has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. The plane -- bound for Manchester, New Hampshire -- returned quickly after passengers saw fiery flashes from one of the engines during takeoff. People on the ground told WPVI-TV that they heard a loud boom and saw flames shooting out.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has published what it calls an interview with the Jordanian pilot captured last week after his plane crashed in northern Syria. The 26-year-old Jordanian is the first foreign military pilot to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition began its aerial campaign against IS in September. The pilot is quoted as saying his fighter jet, an F16, was shot down by a heat-seeking missile. The U.S. says the aircraft was not shot down.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid home where police said they found the skeletal remains of three babies has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. A lawyer for Erika Murray says there's no evidence she caused the deaths of the three babies. Murray has four living children.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20 despite last-minute tax law changes approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50 tax breaks that had expired at the start of the year.
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