Six bodies have been recovered from the Java Sea, serving as confirmation of what happened to the missing AirAsia flight with 162 people on board. Searchers have also spotted debris int he water including what appeared to be a life jacket and an emergency exit door.

The Small Business Administration says small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit groups have until Jan. 26 to apply for disaster loans from flooding that occurred in seven Alabama counties on April 6-10. The loan application deadline is Feb 2 for severe storms and flooding that occurred in 34 Alabama counties on April 28 through May 5.

Thomas Monts of Greensboro has been identified as the man fatally shot by a Dallas County sheriff's deputy who was responding to a domestic violence call in Safford. Monts is said to have come out of a house and to have opened fire on a deputy who was pulling into the driveway. The deputy took cover and returned fire. The shooting is under investigation.

According to the Fiscal Times, the Special Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency has found that $43 billion were wasted by the federal government in 2014. However, the Center for American Progress estimates that the annual tax gap, or what Americans owe the IRS, is between $400 billion and $500 billion.

Yesterday, Gov. Bentley said that the state Department of Commerce will use a grant of more than $86,000 to help businesses in the Appalachian Regional Commission district market their goods overseas. The department will also offer training for businesses looking to expand distribution to foreign markets.

The number of people being treated for the flu at DCH Regional Medical Center is rising significantly. According to our daily, 173 people tested positive for the flu the week before Christmas.  The week before reported 114 positive flu tests.