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  • 4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered
    4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

    Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers.

  • Ukraine PM: Putin 'has a dream to restore the Soviet Union'
    Ukraine PM: Putin 'has a dream to restore the Soviet Union'

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes Russian President Vladimir Putin "has a dream to restore the Soviet Union" — and Putin realizing that dream would be disastrous for the rest of the world.

  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules
    Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

  • TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom
    TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    If Miss America visits your high school, and if it’s springtime, and if you don’t have a date to the senior prom, you’ve got to ask her to go with you. Such was the case for Patrick Farves, a senior at Central York High School, when the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, came to the York, Pa. school on Thursday to give a speech about diversity and the value of science, engineering and math. During the question-and-answer period that followed Davuluri’s speech, Farves asked Miss America to prom. Farves, 18, got the brilliant idea to ask Miss America to the prom a few days before the assembly.

  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
    Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas
    Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

  • CURRENT DEPORTATION POLICY IS IMPOLITIC AND INHUMANE

    Jessica Colotl is a gainfully employed college graduate, a fresh-faced young woman working as a legal assistant at an Atlanta law firm. She's also a symbol of a sharp dispute between President Obama and a group of his now-wavering allies -- Latino voters who detest his deportation policy. Colotl, whose parents brought her to the United States illegally when she was 11 years old, was threatened with deportation in 2010. Her deportation was halted only after supporters, including the president of the university she attended, intervened.

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