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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen in Libya have stormed a luxury hotel popular with foreigners today, killing at least three guards and taking hostages. A security official says there's a standoff at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. A hotel staffer says five masked attackers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the hotel after security at the gates tried to stop them and the attackers started firing randomly at the staff in the lobby. The employee says when he, other staff and some foreign guests escaped into a parking lot, a car bomb exploded just yards away from them.
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea. But workers from the National Search and Rescue Agency will continue their attempts to raise the plane's fuselage and recover the 92 bodies that are still missing. The Indonesia military says it's had four days of unsuccessful attempts to raise the fuselage and to locate more bodies. Rear Adm. Widodo apologized to the families of the victims.
UNDATED (AP) — Maine's governor has declared a state of emergency as a major winter storm pounds the state this morning. The storm, packing blizzard conditions, spun up the East Coast early today, but Maine and Massachusetts were expected to get the worst of it, with 1 to 3 feet of snow. The National Weather Service says Providence, Rhode Island, could get about 2 feet of snow. Gusty winds have been blowing through the northeast, with sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph.
LONDON (AP) — A British judge has opened an inquiry into the death of a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. Alexander Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. Britain has accused Russia of involvement. Moscow denies the claim, and has refused to extradite the two men identified by Britain as the prime suspects.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The international development agency Oxfam says rich countries must act quickly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak. The economies of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain some of the world's poorest, and incomes have shrunk dramatically since the first Ebola cases were confirmed in Guinea last March.
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