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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Parts of the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 have been brought to the town nearest to the spot where the wreckage was found today in the waters off Indonesia. Bodies of the people aboard the plane are also being brought there for identification. As many as seven bodies were brought aboard a navy ship today. There were 162 people on board the plane when it went down.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is denying a report that the U.S. is proposing an exchange of Iranian prisoners in the U.S. for a former American Marine currently in prison in Iran. The report was carried by Iran's semi-official news agency, quoting a lawyer for Amir Hekmati (ah-MEER' hehk-MAH'-tee). But the State Department says it's not true -- and it's calling again for Hekmati's release on humanitarian grounds.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote this evening on a Palestinian resolution calling for an end to Israel's occupation within three years. But it's almost certain to be defeated because of opposition from the U.S. and Israel. Washington has insisted on a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, not an imposed timetable.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban dissidents say police have arrested at least three members of the island's political opposition. The arrests came hours before the first major test of the government's tolerance for dissent since the announcement this month that the U.S. and Cuba would be moving toward diplomatic relations. An expatriate artist had announced plans to set up an open microphone for any member of the public today at Havana's Plaza of the Revolution.
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley says there's no reason for protests to continue over the shooting death of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer last week -- unless, he says, the protesters won't accept the fact that the 18-year-old had drawn his gun first. Mayor Theodore Hoskins and other city officials announced today that an internal police investigation confirmed that Antonio Martin had pointed a gun at the officer who then shot him.
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