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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's National Search and Rescue says several pieces of debris have been spotted floating in the sea off Borneo island that could be linked to AirAsia Flight 8501. The plane disappeared Sunday while on its way from Indonesia to Singapore. The agency says an Indonesian military aircraft saw white, red and black objects, including what appears to be a life jacket, off the coast. It's sent a helicopter to pick up the items.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States is sending the destroyer USS Sampson to aid in the search for the missing AirAsia jetliner. At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters already are searching huge swaths of Indonesian sea and land for the plane with 162 people aboard. Singapore is sending two underwater beacon detectors to try to detect pings from the plane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York congressman is confirming that he'll resign from office next week just days after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Republican Congressman Michael Grimm has issued a statement saying his resignation is effective Jan. 5. Grimm says the events that led to his decision didn't break his spirit. But he says he could not be 100 percent effective in the next Congress and must resign.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California public health officials have issued an alert after finding "very strong evidence" that an adult film actor became infected with HIV as a result of unprotected sex on an out-of-state film shoot. The Department of Public Health says the male actor tested positive for HIV after engaging in unprotected sex with several other male actors during two separate film shoots. He had tested negative before the shoot.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted unanimously to ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAW'-mahr-shoold) on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961. An independent investigation released in 2013 concluded that the U.S. National Security Agency may hold crucial evidence, which remains classified.

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