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2 Marine choppers collided off Hawaii coast ... A show of solidarity in Jakarta ... Celine Dion's husband dies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 15, 2016 at 6:50 a.m.



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HONOLULU (AP) — Two Marine helicopters have collided off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Coast Guard says the accident happened just before midnight and each aircraft had six people aboard. The Coast Guard says a debris field has been spotted 2 ½ miles off the coast. There's no word of any survivors.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A vigil to show solidarity in Indonesia. Several hundred people gathered today near the Jakarta Starbucks cafe that was targeted in yesterday's deadly attack. Some people held up banners saying "We Are Not Afraid." Many held flowers and placed them near the spot where a bomb exploded. One man waved a sign in English saying, "Indonesia United, We're not scared, we fight terrorism." Two civilians and all five attackers were killed. Police have arrested three people they believe are linked to the attacks.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Only one more Republican presidential debate is scheduled before the Iowa caucuses. That debate will be Jan. 28 in Des Moines. Last night, the most popular of the GOP contenders gathered in South Carolina to blast Democrat Hillary Clinton as well as each other. Front-runner Donald Trump and Ted Cruz went after each other. Cruz suggested that Trump was only turning on him because he's challenging for the lead in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expected today to announce a moratorium on any major new coal leases on federal lands. The administration wants to complete a comprehensive review of whether the fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment. Companies will still be able to mine the coal reserves already under lease.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion and her family are asking for privacy as they mourn the death of her husband and manager, Rene Angelil. Angelil died yesterday near Las Vegas following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 73. Dion and her husband have a teen-aged son and toddler twin boys.

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