BAHAMAS MISSING SHIP
WASHINGTON -- A search team using sophisticated scanning sonar finds the wreckage of a vessel believed to be the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing with 33 crewmembers Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE-REPUBLICANS IOWA
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Neither Jeb Bush nor Marco Rubio emphasized the need to do well in Iowa in the early months of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign. But that's changed as their rivalry intensifies and pressure mounts to emerge from the Feb. 1 caucuses as the favorite among mainstream conservatives. By Thomas Beaumont and Catherine Lucey.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Law enforcement officials say a border region butcher with a bad headlight might help shed light on the scope of Venezuelan military involvement in the cocaine trade. By Joshua Goodman.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against a U.S. man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti's capital decades ago. By David McFadden.
BUENOS AIRES -- The ruling party candidate in Argentina's upcoming presidential election blames his top rival's electoral possibilities for the decision by a New York federal judge who ruled that the country owes an additional $6.1 billion to foreign bondholders.
HOUSTON -- The death toll rises to six in Texas as more bodies are recovered after another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the waterlogged state. By Juan A. Lozano.
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BUSINESS & FINANCE:
GULF OIL SPILL
NEW ORLEANS -- Energy giant BP is ending its effort to recoup money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed a motion to withdraw an appeal over what it said were overpayments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and involving more than 790 businesses.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON-FILM SUIT
LOS ANGELES -- Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller files a multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit over the hit film "Straight Outta Compton," claiming it portrayed him as a villain who led to the breakup of the gangster rap group.
PALMAS, Brazil -- The first World Indigenous Games closes with a pumping ceremony that brought together nearly 2,000 participants from more than two dozen countries for a monumental extravaganza. By Jenny Barchfield.