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10 things to know for today, Dec. 29

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING AIRLINER

The Indonesia search and rescue chief says it seems certain that Flight 8501, carrying 162 people, crashed.

2. AIRASIA’S CEO: BRASH CHEERLEADER, FACING HIS WORST NIGHTMARE

Tony Fernandes pioneered low-cost air travel in Southeast Asia and enjoys interacting with the public.

3. STILL WAITING FOR RESCUE FROM STRICKEN GREEK FERRY

Though many have been evacuated, others remain trapped on the smoke-filled vessel that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea.

4. HOW YOUNG AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

An AP poll finds that those under 30 are more serious about giving back than their parents were.

5. SHARK DRAGS A CALIFORNIA SURFER UNDER WATER

The man used the leash cord from his surfboard to make a tourniquet for his leg, and got himself to shore.

6. AFGHANS FLEEING WAR NOW FACE A BRUTAL WINTER

Insurgents are seizing territory across the country, putting civilians at greater risk as the weather worsens.

7. SONY PLAYSTATION BACK ON LINE

But the company says heavy traffic may cause problems, following three days of disruptions blamed on hackers.

8. WHAT THE RUBLE’S DECLINE USHERS IN

The Russian currency drops 7 percent as the economy shows the first signs of recession.

9. WHO FACES DISCIPLINE OVER MACADAMIA NUTS INCIDENT

South Korea’s Transport Ministry says four officials will be punished following an investigation into a former Korean Air Lines executive who forced a flight to return over a bag of the snacks.

10. JIM HARBAUGH OUT AS COACH OF 49ERS

Whether Harbaugh, who guided San Francisco to three straight NFC championship games, is resigning or was fired isn’t clear.

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