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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — A woman who lost seven relatives aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 says she accepts that the plane has crashed -- but that she can't believe her brother and his family are dead. She says she's still praying they survived. Indonesian TV today has been showing images from the recovery effort, including floating debris and a body in the water near the island of Borneo. About 125 family members are planning to travel to a town near the shore tomorrow to start identifying their loved ones.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's mayor is looking to clear the air today with police unions. Officials say Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city's police commissioner and union leaders are planning a private meeting. A rift between de Blasio and much of the New York Police Department's rank and file has widened recently. Union leaders have said the mayor fostered an anti-NYPD atmosphere and it contributed to the shooting deaths of police officers.

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Berkeley, Missouri, will be providing an update today on the investigation into the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old by a city police officer. The Christmas Eve shooting of Antonio Martin was the third fatal shooting of a black suspect by a white officer in the region since Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson officer in August, and it led to renewed protests. Police have said surveillance footage seems to confirm that Martin pointed a gun at the officer before he was shot.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though the number of law-enforcement deaths by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year, that number still remains below historic highs. The annual report today from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund finds that 50 officers were killed by guns this year. It's far more than the 32 such killings last year -- but well below the total of 73 in 2011. This year's numbers include 15 ambush deaths.

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — A North Texas woman has pleaded guilty to murder, and she's been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Kim Williams testified that she helped her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot. She appeared in court today, two weeks after her husband, Eric Williams, was sentenced to death for one of the three killings.

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