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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's New Year's message to President Barack Obama is that Moscow is looking for a fair shake based on "equality and mutual respect." The Kremlin today published several dozen New Year's messages to heads of states and international organizations. Putin tells Obama that the upcoming 70th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II should serve as a reminder of U.S. and Russian responsibility "for maintaining peace and international stability."

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — There are no specific casualty reports yet but witnesses tell of a strong explosion during a gathering of Shiite rebels in central Yemen. The blast in the city of Ibb came at a cultural center where the rebels, known as the Houthis, are preparing for celebrations of the prophet Muhammad's birthday this weekend. Yemen's powerful local al-Qaida affiliate has targeted the rebels in the past.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 gathered at an airport today to pray for the strength to move forward. Meanwhile, at the crash site in the Java Sea, bad weather is trumping efforts to recover bodies and find the plane's flight and data recorders. It's also causing the wreckage to drift away from the crash site. The plane crashed with 162 people aboard. Seven bodies have been recovered.

HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — A 29-year-old Idaho mother shopping with four children died when her 2-year-old son reached into her purse, causing a gun inside to fire -- killing the woman. Veronica Rutledge is being described as a "beautiful, young, loving mother." Authorities say she had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities are looking for a 14-month-old Maryland boy while his mother is in custody for leaving him on the front porch of a stranger's home in Columbus. Officials say they boy may be dead and they've begun a recovery effort, which resumes today. Dainesha Stevens admitted she and a male acquaintance left the boy because they could no longer care for him.

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