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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking diplomatic steps against the countries that co-sponsored a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlement construction. Netanyahu's office announced the steps a few hours after the United States broke with past practice and chose not to veto the measure. Netanyahu ordered Israel's ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal to immediately return home for consultations.

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Passengers from a hijacked Libyan flight that was diverted to Malta have left the Mediterranean island and are returning home. Two Libyan hijackers had diverted the domestic flight Friday to demand asylum in Europe and create a new political party in honor of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The standoff ended peacefully with the hijackers freeing all 117 people on board and walking off the plane to surrender.

BEIJING (AP) — China's military says its first aircraft carrier group has carried out a series of fighter launch, recovery and air combat exercises in the Yellow Sea amid tensions with the U.S. and Taiwan. The Defense Ministry announced late Friday that the carrier group conducted the drills in the Yellow Sea in recent days and is scheduled to continue exercises farther afield. It did not specify where.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a 20-year-old college student who died in the arms of her boyfriend in Oakland's deadly warehouse fire have filed the first lawsuit in the disaster. The suit blames the building's owner, chief tenant and others. Michela Gregory was one of 36 people killed Dec. 2 when fire broke out in the converted warehouse that was hosting a $10-a-head music performance and party.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and author Carrie Fisher is being treated in an intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a serious medical emergency on an airline flight from London. Her brother, Todd Fisher, tells The Associated Press that he can't classify his sister's condition, and says much of what has been reported is speculation. Celebrity website TMZ says Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack.

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