Last words from missing plane were routine KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - "All right, good night" were the final words heard by air traffic controllers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight before it vanished over the South China Sea five days ago, relatives of the passengers were told Wednesday. News of the last communication came as Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 but acknowledged it is still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing the international search.
Malaysian response to missing plane under scrutiny Malaysian officials on Wednesday defended their handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Here are some discrepancies in statements they have made since the plane disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board: - TIME OF DISAPPEARANCE
Obama to host new Ukrainian PM at White House WASHINGTON (AP) - In a diplomatic dig at Russia, President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a public gesture aimed at cementing the West's commitment to Ukraine's fledgling government. The meeting Wednesday between Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk comes as a pro-Russian area of Ukraine readies for a referendum Sunday to determine its future. Voters in the Crimean Peninsula will be given two options: becoming part of Russia, or remaining in Ukraine with broader powers.
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Debate over military sexual assaults far from over WASHINGTON (AP) - The tumult over how to stop sexual assaults in the U.S. military is a long way from over as Congress grapples to find legislative solutions and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain under his command. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the "good soldier defense" to make sure a defendant's fate is determined solely by evidence. But the House has signaled it won't take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate's 97-0 vote.
2 NYC buildings collapse, 2 dead, others missing NEW YORK (AP) - A resident of a New York City apartment building that was flattened by an explosion says the smell of gas was "unbearable" and residents complained about it repeatedly. Ruben Borrero says residents complained to the landlord about the smell as recently as Tuesday, a day before the explosion.
AP PHOTOS: Deadly blast levels 2 Harlem buildings Smoke billowed into the air, debris was hurled onto elevated railroad tracks and windows were shattered a block away when an explosion leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem on Wednesday. Here are some images of the aftermath of the deadly blast.
Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in court PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago. Then police Col. J.G. Vermeulen faced tough questioning from Pistorius' defense lawyer, who tried to discredit the police investigation of the shooting and alleged that Vermeulen, a forensic expert, had made glaring missteps in his analysis.
Honor student who sued parents returns home ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy. The lawyer representing Rachel Canning's parents made the request during a news conference at his Roseland office on Wednesday.
3-year theory: Big renewal deal for 'Big Bang' NEW YORK (AP) - CBS says it's renewing its hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory" for three more years. The extraordinary three-year deal would carry TV's most-watched sitcom through the 2016-2017 season, the series' 10th on the air.
Sandusky's wife: Victims manipulated over money STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says she "definitely" believes her husband is innocent despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and that the victims' financial gain was at play. Dottie Sandusky said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show that "there was nothing that went on because I was here" in the couple's small home in State College, where some of the victims reported being abused in the basement.