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January 4, 2015

Editors:

Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, Alina Heineke can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Karly Domb Sadof (ext. 1900). Times in EST.

INTERNATIONAL

INDONESIA-PLANE

SURABAYA, Indonesia — More than a thousand worshippers attend services at an Indonesian church devastated by the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501, praying for relatives of lost loved ones — members of the congregation who made up a quarter of the 162 people aboard the plane.

NKOREA-UNITED STATES

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea criticizes the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader.

PAKISTAN

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani airstrikes kill 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike kills another seven, as local troops press a six-month offensive in tribal regions along the Afghan border that have long been insurgent havens. The airstrikes in the Tirrah valley of the Khyber region destroy four militant hideouts and a suicide bomber training center.

NATIONAL

PLANE CRASH-KENTUCKY

KUTTAWA, Ky. — The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive at the site of a plane crash in Kentucky in which a 7-year-old girl survived and four of her family members were killed.

NYPD OFFICERS SHOT

NEW YORK — Thousands of uniformed police officers from across the country are expected to attend the funeral Sunday of the second New York Police Department officer shot to death with his partner in their patrol car two weeks ago. Buddhist monks will lead a Chinese ceremony for Officer Wenjian Liu, followed by a traditional police ceremony with eulogies led by a chaplain.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO — The Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. brace for Arctic temperatures that are expected to arrive during the next few days. A mix of precipitation affects a swath from the Oklahoma Panhandle to southern New England, where up to a quarter-inch of ice is possible in the eastern Berkshires.

WASHINGTON

OBAMA

HONOLULU — Obama plans steps to help more Americans buy a home and attend college, part of a 2015 agenda he hopes can build on the postelection momentum from moves on immigration and Cuba, while seemingly designed to look past emboldened Republicans and their efforts to rein him in.

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

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ABC’s “This Week” — Sens.-elect Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Rep.-elect Mia Love, R-Utah.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia mayor; Cathy Lanier, D.C. police chief; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of D.C. public schools.

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CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Chris Coons, D-Del.; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.; Reps.-elect Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Barbara Comstock, R-Va.

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“Fox News Sunday” — Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Thune, R-S.D.; Reps.-elect Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

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