The Latest: Hospital in Indonesia quake zone overwhelmed The director of the hospital in Pidie Jaya, the district that has taken the brunt of the quake damage, says the facility is overwhelmed with the numbers of injured. Muhammad Reza Faisal says many people are being treated in tents pitched on the grounds of the hospital, which was damaged in Wednesday's shallow magnitude 6.5 quake. He says five of the quake victims died at the hospital. The total death has risen to 97. Faisal says: "We are cooperating with the local army and police who lent us stretchers for the victims." The national disaster mitigation agency says several hundred people have been injured.
Frantic rescue underway in Indonesia as quake kills scores MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) - A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. Maj. Gen. Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the army in Aceh province, said at least 97 died while four people were pulled from the rubble alive. Another four or five are known to be buried, but he didn't say if they are dead or alive. "Hopefully we would be able to finish the evacuation from the rubble before sunset," said Sulaiman. The rescue effort involving thousands of villagers, soldiers and police is concentrated on Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya district.
Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in Aleppo BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said. With the latest gains, the endgame for Syria's largest city, which has been carved up between the government and the rebel side for the past four years, appeared to draw even closer. If Aleppo - Syria's former commercial hub - is captured by government troops, it would be a turning point in the conflict, putting the four largest cities in Syria and the coastal region back under state control.
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Trump promises to heal divisions, plans visit to Ohio State FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump promised to "heal our divisions and unify our country" as he prepares to meet with some of the victims of last week's car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University. "When Americans are unified there is nothing we cannot do - nothing!" Trump told the crowd at a rally Tuesday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina. "I'm asking you to dream big again as Americans. I'm asking you to believe in yourselves." The Republican businessman largely stuck to the script - and, in a change, even stopped the crowd when it started to boo the media - and avoided some of the score-settling and scorched-earth rhetoric that defined his campaign and was present again last week in Cincinnati.
Survivor recalls fear, anger on day of Pearl Harbor attack PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame Jim Downing as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor. Then a newlywed sailor, he recalled a Japanese plane flying low and slow in his direction as he rushed to his battleship from his home after hearing explosions and learning of the attack on the radio. "When he got the right angle, he banked over, turned his machine guns lose," Downing, now 103, said in an interview at a Waikiki hotel, "But fortunately he didn't bank far enough so it went right over my head." The next aviator might have better aim, Downing remembers thinking.
AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, the AP reported on Pearl Harbor HONOLULU (AP) - EDITOR'S NOTE - On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press' chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The military had already taken control of all communication lines, so Burns was left without a line to the outside world. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated the details of the announcement.
A look at the rise and fall of South Korea's president SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who faces impeachment this week, rose to power with the support of conservatives enamored of the economic growth ushered in by her late dictator father decades ago. Even before the stunning fall of South Korea's first female president over allegations that she ceded government power to a corrupt confidante, Park's four years in office have been marred by a festering standoff with North Korea, a deadly ferry disaster and claims that she tried to curb free speech and labor rights. A look at Park's rise and fall: --- A DICTATOR'S DAUGHTER Park's father is Park Chung-hee, one of the most divisive figures in modern South Korean history.
Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared KANIFING, Gambia (AP) - Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country. Imam Ousman Sawaneh was arrested in October 2015, picked up as he led volunteers clearing grass in the local cemetery. His detention, for unknown reasons, bewildered his family. "We don't have access to see him," she says, breaking down into sobs. "We are hoping that we will see him soon." Now, after the president's stunning defeat in last week's election, Fatoumata and others are hoping those who vanished can come home.
An Afghan woman goes from refugee to military pilot KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces. Along the way, the 26-year-old Ferozi also married another pilot, who flies in the same unit supporting army ground forces. They are part of a small Afghan air force that is trying to take a greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency. "When I wear military uniform, I really, really feel proud of myself as a woman," Ferozi said while preparing for a flight at the air force base in the capital, Kabul.
Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) - On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be. It's a simple display for the driver - a dashboard traffic signal icon and a timer next to the digital vehicle speed and area speed limit displays already common in newer cars. The technology behind it is more complex. It uses 4G LTE cellular communication between the vehicle and a centralized traffic management control network- dubbed vehicle-to-infrastructure or "V2I." Audi offers it through a subscription service not unlike commercial satellite radio.