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Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

December 30, 2014 | By DEWI NURCAHYANI and ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND - Built by the Army in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie five decades ago and had fallen into disrepair by the time a developer sought to demolish it in 1999.

December 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car

LOS ANGELES - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Associated Press


In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied

SURABAYA, Indonesia - The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

December 29, 2014 | By TRISNADI MARJAN and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy

FRESNO, Calif. - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | Associated Press


Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

LAS VEGAS - It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.

December 28, 2014 | By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia - An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.

December 28, 2014 | By ALI KOTARUMALOS and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."

December 27, 2014 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Associated Press


Scientists target Christmas tree needles

NEW YORK - The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

December 27, 2014 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

WASHINGTON - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

December 27, 2014 | By EMILY SWANSON and JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press | Associated Press


Indian Ocean tsunami: 10 years later

PERELIYA, Sri Lanka - A packed train in Sri Lanka was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore was hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.

December 26, 2014 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press | Associated Press


Will 'The Interview' change the way Hollywood does business?

LOS ANGELES - "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously.

December 26, 2014 | By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Associated Press


Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.

December 26, 2014 | By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press | Associated Press


Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'

NEW YORK - Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.

December 26, 2014 | By HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Associated Press


Pope Francis offers hope, peace for Middle East

VATICAN CITY - A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy - abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.

December 25, 2014 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press | Associated Press


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Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

January 30, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA - The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant near Waynesboro that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.

January 30, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

January 30, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON - Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

January 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

ROCK HILL, S.C. - For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty-four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.

January 28, 2015 | By MITCH WEISS Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. man executed for killing fellow inmate

ATLANTA - A man convicted in the killing of a fellow inmate has been executed in Georgia despite claims by his lawyers that he was intellectually disabled.

January 27, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snowstorm shuts down East Coast

NEW YORK - New York City looked like a ghost town early Tuesday, blanketed by a snowstorm that disrupted life for tens of millions of people along the U.S. East Coast.

January 27, 2015 | By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press | Associated Press


Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast

NEW YORK - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

January 26, 2015 | By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press | Associated Press


Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

McRAE, Ga. - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Study: Savannah River has room for Georgia, South Carolina to build new port

SAVANNAH - The Savannah River has enough room for cargo ships to accommodate Georgia and South Carolina adding a new port terminal downstream from the busy Port of Savannah, according to a study presented to officials from both states Monday.

January 26, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds

WASHINGTON - A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

January 26, 2015 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES - "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.

January 25, 2015 | By DERRIK J. LANG Associated Press | Associated Press


Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK - The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

January 25, 2015 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Associated Press


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