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Sunday - 3/9/2014, 12:20pm  ET



UPDATE: Object spotted in search area

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Vietnamese authorities say a rectangular object has been spotted in the waters off Vietnam where a search is underway for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner. The object was seen by a low-flying plane in the same area where oil slicks were spotted yesterday.

Civil administration chief Pham Viet Dung said search teams from Vietnam and other countries were asked to send boats to the area to examine the object. Authorities said earlier that they had spotted an orange object in the area that turned out not to be from the aircraft.


Obama adviser: Too early on cause of downed plane

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken says that it is too early to tell whether foul play was a factor in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight.

Blinken said Sunday that the U.S. was looking into reports that two passengers were using stolen passports, but investigators had reached no conclusions. He said it was premature to speculate whether the passengers had a role in the Boeing 777's disappearance.

Blinken also said U.S. investigators from the FBI, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are heading to Asia to assist in the investigation.

The plane carrying 239 people lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning enroute to Beijing.

Blinken appeared Sunday on CNN.


Interpol: Database not checked pre-Malaysia flight

PARIS (AP) -- Interpol says no country checked its database that held information about two stolen passports that were used to board an ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board.

In a sharply worded criticism of shortcomings of national passport controls, the Lyon, France-based international police body said information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.

The Malaysian Boeing 777 disappeared Saturday less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

Interpol said in a statement it was investigating all other passports used to board flight MH 370 and was working to determine the "true identities" of the passengers who used the stolen passports.


At least 42 killed in attacks today

BAGHDAD (AP) -- More than 40 people are dead in the latest round of attacks on civilians and police ion Iraq. Authorities say the deadliest attack of the day was a suicide car bombing in the southern city of Hillah. The blast struck a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint to be searched. Two police officers say the bombing set dozens of cars ablaze, killing 21 civilians and 15 security personnel and wounding at least 115.


Ukraine's prime minister won't give up 'a single centimeter' of territory

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's prime minister is vowing not to give up "a single centimeter" of territory to Russia. Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') spoke to a crowd in Kiev as the country commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet. The Interfax news agency is reporting that the prime minister plans to fly to the United States this week for high-level talks on the situation in Ukraine.


NEW: 3 men dead, 1 hurt in shooting at Ohio nightclub

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a gunman opened fire at a northern Ohio nightclub, killing three men and wounding a fourth.

Authorities say the shooting happened early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont. No arrest has been made, and detectives are working to identify the gunman.

It wasn't immediately clear what may have prompted the shooting or whether the gunman knew any of the victims.

Police say two of the men died at the club and a third died at a hospital. A fourth was flown to a Toledo hospital, and his condition wasn't immediately known.

Police Chief Tim Wiersma says detectives are investigating leads. He asks that the public come forward with any information.

Fremont is about 35 miles southeast of Toledo.


Scores arrested at Massachusetts 'Blarney Blowout'

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Police have arrested more than 60 people participating in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst.

Amherst police say early Sunday that 68 people have been arrested and four officers suffered minor injuries as they worked to disperse thousands of unruly students in several large crowds throughout the day and night Saturday.

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