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March 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A review of the emails and a search of a home flight simulator have found nothing so far to suggest the pilots on the missing plane purposely compromised the flight by diverting it away from Beijing, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials. “Nothing stuck out,” said one of the sources, who was briefed on the search conducted by Malaysian officials. He said authorities sought to find out whether the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, might have been training on the simulator, specifically how to turn off the transponders and other in-flight devices before the March 8 flight.
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WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Barbara Demick
The U.S. military pulled its warship out of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Monday and will rely instead on sophisticated submarine-hunting aircraft, a sign of just how complex the international search for the missing Boeing 777 has become in its second week. At least 26 nations have deployed ships, aircraft and satellites in one of the largest international coalitions ever mustered in a search and rescue operation. Search teams are concentrating on wide bands in both the northern and southern hemispheres west of Malaysia, crossing the territories of a dozen Asian nations as well as the sparsely traveled waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy pulled out the guided-missile destroyer Kidd, with its two search and rescue helicopters, opting to rely on a pair of submarine-hunting aircraft from nearby land bases to scour the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The San Diego-based destroyer with a crew of 314 and its MH-60 Seahawk helicopters have searched a combined 15,000 square miles since March 8, when the Boeing 777 mysteriously vanished. No debris or wreckage related to the aircraft or the 239 missing passengers and crew has been found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia
Authorities are asking for the public's help as they search for four children who were allegedly abducted from their grandmother's house in Boyle Heights on Friday. The children's parents, Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez, both 28, who had been ordered to stay away from the kids, took them from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights on Friday, Los Angeles police said. The children were identified as Enrique Felix, 7, his brother Justin, 5, and 1-year-old twin sisters Veronica and Janet.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard could have gone, based on a signal picked up by a satellite, stretch north and west from the plane's last known location and include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
FBI officials are hoping that a $250,000 reward may lead to the capture of a  suspected domestic terrorist -- wanted for three bombings in Northern California -- who they believe may be hiding in Hawaii. Authorities are combing Hawaii's Big Island and focusing on the Puna and Pahoa communities south of Hilo on the island's eastern edge, where animal rights activist Daniel Andreas San Diego may be hiding, FBI officials said. A federal arrest warrant was issued for San Diego, 36, in October 2003.
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for elusive Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted to waters around India based on suggestions the aircraft may have flown longer and farther than previously thought. After six days of fruitless searches in the Gulf of Thailand, near the original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, investigators are exploring theories that the plane flew as long as four hours after it lost contact with civilian radar at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. "An additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean, and we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Manhattan Beach police say that despite search efforts, there is no evidence of foul play after a local 14-year-old girl was reported missing over the weekend. Leah Kritzer was reported missing Sunday after she went out to walk a dog.  A couple hours later, "a local resident actually called the family saying, are they missing the dog?," said Manhattan Beach Police Sgt. Paul Ford, adding that Leah was not with the canine and that "the dog wasn't far from the home. " Her father, Joe Kritzer,  told KTLA  that they went out to retrieve the dog but hasn't seen his daughter since.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The caller who reported a gas smell minutes before a deadly explosion that destroyed two Manhattan buildings had noticed the same odor the night before but did not report it at the time, officials said Thursday, indicating the catastrophe could have been averted if utility crews had been alerted earlier. At least eight people were killed in Wednesday morning's blast on Park Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets in East Harlem. In a biting wind and temperatures in the 20s, rescue workers continued searching for more people possibly buried beneath the rubble.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING  -  Investigators appeared no closer to locating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Wednesday, as officials defended their handling of the search for the aircraft that went missing five days ago. At the latest count, there were 42 ships and 39 aircraft scouring the waters and jungles of Southeast Asia, searching for the plane. Twelve countries are now involved with Japan, India and Brunei the latest to pitch in. "This is unprecedented what we are going through," Malaysia's acting transportation minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, said at a stormy televised news conference late Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
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