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Indonesian divers recover 6 more bodies from AirAsia crash

Divers retrieve 6 more bodies from waters around crashed AirAsia jetliner
Fadlan Syam, The Associated Press

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Indonesian divers retrieved six more bodies on Thursday from waters around the sunken fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month.

Divers struggled with strong currents and poor visibility in an attempt to lift the fuselage and what appears to be the plane's cockpit from the seabed at a depth of 30 metres (100 feet).

Barking dog alerts family to fire at California home

Family credits barking dog for alerting them to fire that destroyed Southern California home
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A family of seven who was sleeping when a fire consumed their Southern California home says they escaped unscathed thanks to their barking dog.

Vera Mendez says Foxy, her 2-year-old mixed breed dog, began barking "like crazy" shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Mendez's son woke up, and he rushed to wake up the rest of the family as flames tore through three rooms of the home in Santa Ana.

Mendez tells City News Service that three generations of the family — six adults and a 9-year-old boy — got out of the burning house safely because of Foxy.

Hundreds displaced in New Jersey apartment building fire

Hundreds displaced, no injuries reported, in New Jersey apartment complex fire
The Associated Press

EDGEWATER, N.J. - Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.

2 sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario

2 sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario; NY explorers make unusual find
The Associated Press

OSWEGO, N.Y. - The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren't used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday.

2 sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario

2 sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found off NY's Lake Ontario; explorers make unusual find
The Associated Press

OSWEGO, N.Y. - The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren't used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday.

Family of man killed in Morgan crash settles

Family of comedian killed in Tracy Morgan crash settles claim with Wal-Mart
David Porter, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said.

The out-of-court settlement between the company and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying Morgan and the others home from a show in Delaware.

Highway reopens after construction collapse; 1 dead, 1 hurt

Highway reopens after Cincinnati overpass collapse kills worker, injures truck driver
Dan Sewell, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - A highway where an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead and a tractor-trailer driver injured was cleared of concrete and steel on Tuesday and reopened, but police were left wondering what the casualty toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.

1 dead, 3 wounded in Guinea after grenade thrown at fans

1 dead, 3 wounded in Guinea after grenade thrown at soccer fans watching team play Ivory Coast
The Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea - Authorities in the West African nation of Guinea say one person is dead and three others seriously wounded after someone threw a grenade into a crowd of people watching a televised soccer match.

The fans were injured as they watched Guinea's national team play Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations tournament under way in Equatorial Guinea.

1 dead, 3 wounded in Guinea after grenade thrown at fans

1 dead, 3 wounded in Guinea after grenade thrown at soccer fans watching team play Ivory Coast
The Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea - Authorities in the West African nation of Guinea say one person is dead and three others seriously wounded after someone threw a grenade into a crowd of people watching a televised soccer match.

The fans were injured as they watched Guinea's national team play Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations tournament under way in Equatorial Guinea.

Indonesia: AirAsia plane climbed too fast, then disappeared

Indonesia says crashed AirAsia plane climbed at excessive rate, then disappeared from radar
Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia - An AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar, Indonesia's transport minister said Tuesday.

Ignasius Jonan told Parliament that radar data showed the Airbus A320 was climbing at about 6,000 feet a minute before it disappeared on Dec. 28.

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