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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The weather may have doomed those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501. And now it's hampering the recovery of the dead. Rain, currents and rough seas are impeding efforts to find more victims of Sunday's crash in Indonesia's Java Sea. Authorities say three bodies have been recovered so far on Wednesday, along with three from Tuesday. The plane had been carrying 162 people.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Canadian authorities are calling it the worst mass murder in the history of Edmonton. Police say seven adults and two children died at three separate crime scenes. Police will only say the killings were connected to a domestic dispute. Eight of the bodies were discovered Monday. The ninth, found Tuesday, matches the description of a man reported to be depressed and suicidal.

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is dead after allegedly posting an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents. The head of police in Upper Darby, a Philadelphia suburb, says five officers opened fire in order to protect themselves after it appeared the man was ready to accelerate toward them at a blockade. Police haven't said if the man had a weapon.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some New Year's revelers in Las Vegas may do a double-take Wednesday. In addition to fireworks, forecasters say there's a good chance of rare snow flurries. One visitor decked out in winter garb said he had attended previous New Year's Eves on the Strip -- while wearing shorts.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Lake Superior State University is out with its annual list of words and phrases it believes should be banished and it's turning a cold shoulder to "polar vortex." It also believes it doesn't take much of a "skill set" to use "takeaway." This year's collection of nerve-grating expressions also includes the term of endearment "bae." That's spelled B-A-E and is used in greetings like 'Hey, bae."

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