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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say heavy rain, wind and thick clouds are setting back the search today for victims of AirAsia Flight 8501. It's also sending the wreckage drifting far from the crash site where searchers are looking for the cockpit voice and data recorders. The plane crashed in the Java Sea Sunday with 162 people aboard.

BEIJING (AP) — State media report 17 dead and 33 injured today in a gas explosion at an auto parts factory in southern China. The official Xinhua (shin-wah) News Agency reports three of the injured are in critical condition. The Southern Metropolis Daily says witnesses heard three blasts, which destroyed the facility's walls and ceiling and also damaged other factories.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The police chief in Edmonton, Alberta says there's no suggestion of gang activity but the city's worst mass-killing is a case of "planned and deliberate" domestic violence. Chief Rod Knecht says a man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life. Knecht says the man was well-known to police and had a long criminal record.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian leadership is dealing with rejection today. They're meeting to plan the next steps after a resolution to end Israel's occupation was rejected by the U.N. Security Council -- a significant setback. Palestinian officials say one possibility is applying to join the International Criminal Court to press war crimes charges against Israel. But that could expose the Palestinians to similar allegations.

UNDATED (AP) — People around the world can be excused if they leave 2014 with little nostalgia after a year of terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and airline disasters. So on with the celebration of 2015. First up is New Zealand, at 6 a.m. Eastern time, followed by Sydney, Australia's well known harbor party a couple hours later. That one is expected to draw well over a million people. The chief of police in the Philippines has warned officers that firing guns in celebration will get them fired.

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