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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Witnesses say the upscale hotel in Burkina Faso's capital that's under attack by al-Qaida militants is on fire. The blaze began after commandos trying to free an unknown number of hostages used explosives to enter the building. Security forces from the West African nation stormed the hotel more than five hours after it was attacked by jihadists.

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials are asking people to report any sightings of possible debris from two Marine Corps helicopters that crashed off Hawaii last night. All 12 Marines aboard are missing. Rescuers are contending with rough water conditions and poor visibility. The two choppers, which were on a training mission, went down off Oahu just before midnight Thursday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it could stop its nuclear tests in exchange for signing a peace treaty with the United States. and a stop to annual military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. The North's statement is a repeat of past offers that have been rejected by the U.S., which wants Pyongyang to commit to a complete abandonment of nuclear weapons.

UNDATED (AP) — It's the worst start to a New Year ever for Wall Street. The stock market capped the first two weeks of 2016 with a steep slide today that sent the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 400 points. All three major stock indexes are now in what's known as a correction, or a drop of 10 percent or more from their recent peaks. Plunging oil prices and China's slowdown are blamed.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Residents of Flint, Michigan, and a group of activists are planning a large protest over the city's water crisis outside Gov. Rick Snyder's annual State of the State speech on Tuesday night. The Republican governor is facing criticism for the state's regulatory failures and relief efforts. He's apologized for the lead-tainted water in Flint and is requesting federal aid.

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