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Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

Business News - 1 hour 3 min ago

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have said a series of sonar signals, or "pings", traced to the area may have emanated from the plane's "black box" and present the most credible lead as to its whereabouts. However no pings have been detected in almost two weeks and authorities now fear that, with the flight data recorder's battery several weeks past its expected expiry date, the black box may not emit further signals. "Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two-thirds of the focused underwater search area to date.


TSX opens little changed as weaker energy offsets resources

National News - 1 hour 3 min ago

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trading on Monday, as weaker energy stocks helped offset strength in the resource group. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 2.4 points at 14,497.99 shortly after the open. (Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


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Parents say 234 girls missing from Nigerian school kidnapping by extremists, not 85 reported

National News - 1 hour 7 min ago
CHIBOK, Nigeria - Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials. The higher figure came out Monday, a week after the kidnappings, when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Security officials had told Gov. Kashim Shettima that it was too dangerous for him to drive to Chibok, 130 kilometres (80 miles) from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist network blamed for the abductions.
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More runners, more fans, more police expected for 1st Boston Marathon after deadly bombings

National News - 1 hour 8 min ago

BOSTON - A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Despite heightened security, the mood was festive at the finish line on Boylston Street. "I can't imagine the number of emotions that are going to be there," said Katie O'Donnell, who was running the marathon last year and made it 25 1/2 miles before she was stopped less than a mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded. State and local police officers were everywhere, even on the rooftops of some buildings.


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NHTSA closes four-year probe of Ion steering issues after GM recall

National News - 1 hour 15 min ago

U.S. safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents filed in its online database over the weekend, said it was closing its probe into 2004 to 2007 model-year Ion cars after GM's recall of the vehicles last month. GM has been criticized for not acting fast enough on the consumer complaints surrounding recalls for the power steering issue as well as the defective switches linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The Ion was among the 1.5 million cars GM recalled on March 31 for possible loss of power steering.


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