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AirAsia bodies found...AirAsia search area easier than Indian Ocean search...31 dead in Philippines storm

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 30, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.



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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in the Java Sea have recovered several bodies and discovered what appear to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door from an AirAsia jetliner that disappeared with 162 people on board. Part of the plane's interior, including an oxygen tank, was brought to the nearest town, along with a bright blue plastic suitcase. The flight vanished Sunday, halfway through a two-hour flight between Indonesia and Singapore.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say the search for the missing AirAsia jet in the Java Sea differs significantly from the operation in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. For one thing, that area of the Indian Ocean is 100 times deeper than the Java Sea. But Java Sea searchers could find themselves hampered in other ways like monsoons, murkiness and trash in the water. The AirAsia search has turned up bodies and debris.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 31 people are dead as a result of flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi in the eastern and central Philippines. Officials say another seven people are missing. Floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More police officers were killed by guns this year than in 2013. The annual report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund finds that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in 2013. That's a 56 percent increase. In all, the report says 126 federal, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty, a 24 percent jump.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest political turmoil in Greece could take an economic toll. The credit rating agency Fitch has warned that it could hurt the country's sovereign rating, after a snap general election was called for Jan. 25. The agency says it is unclear whether any single party would be able to form a government alone, a stalemate that would "increase the risks to Greece's creditworthiness."

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