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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The bad weather that has moved into the area where AirAsia Flight 8501 went down on Sunday is moving some wreckage far from the crash site. The choppy conditions and strong currents are keeping divers from entering the Java Sea, but 18 ships have been scouring the search area. Forecasters predict worsening conditions, with more intense rains, through Friday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The loss of AirAsia Flight 8501 is muting the celebration of the new year in Indonesia. Some cities have chosen to cancel their celebrations. The mayor of Surabaya had banned any kind of New Year's entertainment in the city, where most of the 162 people on board the flight were from. In the capital, Jakarta, there will be prayers for the victims, even as residents take part in the annual Jakarta Night Festival.
ROME (AP) — Italy's Coast Guard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on board a cargo ship. Authorities say smugglers had put the ship on automatic pilot, heading straight for a crash into the Italian coast. They say the ship was just a few miles from a crash into the shore when Coast Guard officials were lowered onto the ship by helicopter to correct its course. As for how the smugglers could have escaped in the stormy seas, officials say the migrants are being interviewed to see if the smugglers might be mingled among them.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A rebel spokesman in Yemen says at least 24 people are dead after a suicide bomber attacked a large gathering of Shiite rebels who were preparing to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Nearly 50 others were hurt. Yemen's powerful local al-Qaida affiliate has targeted the rebels in the past.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slightly higher as investors prepare to close the books on 2014. Energy stocks sank as the price of oil fell again. Chevron lost 1.3 percent, the most in the Dow.
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