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After 37 years on lam, killer caught in Florida
Written by CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press SUZETTE LABOY, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:11

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life for himself in Florida, living under an assumed name, getting married and working for an air conditioning company.

It all came to an end this week when Jones — or Bruce Walter Keith, as the former Army private was known in Florida — was recaptured with the help of technology that was more sci-fi than reality when he broke out during the disco era: facial-recognition software.

"The first words out of his mouth were, 'I knew this would catch up with me someday,'" Barry Golden, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said Friday.

Jones, 59, was one of the Army's 15 most-wanted fugitives after his 1977 escape from the Kansas prison dubbed "The Castle" for its large walls and tower keeps.

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Basement could hold clues in deadly NYC blast
Written by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers removing debris from the site of a deadly explosion at two New York City apartment buildings were expected to reach the basement levels Saturday, clearing the way for investigators to search for clues that might reveal what caused the blast.

Truckloads of scattered material will be sifted for any traces of human remains that might not have been found at the site, said city Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. Although all eight bodies reported missing have been recovered, the rescue operation was continuing in case unknown people were buried beneath the rubble, he said.

Arson detectives and fire marshals were waiting to enter the basements to examine meters, check pipes and inspect any possible ignition sources, such as light switches, that might have caused the blast. About 70 percent of the debris was cleared by midday Friday after a hazardous rear wall that had slowed the process was finally removed.

More than 60 people were injured in the East Harlem explosion, and more than 100 others have been displaced by it, officials said.

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Malaysian leader: plane's disappearance deliberate
Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press IAN MADER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:04
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Lt. Col Bambang Sudewo, commander of the 5th Air Squadron "Black Mermaids" examines a map following a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was conducted over the Strait of Malacca, at Suwondo air base in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian passenger jet missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about seven and a half hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up as far as Kazakhstan or deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday

Najib's statement Saturday confirmed days of mounting speculation that the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 people on board was not accidental, and underlines the massive task for searchers who already been scouring vast areas of ocean.

"In view of this latest development, the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board," Najib said, stressing they are still investigating all possibilities as to why the plane deviated so drastically from its original flight path.

"Clearly the search for MH370 has entered a new phase," Najib told a televised news conference.

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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $400 million
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:06

CHICAGO (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million.

No one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. The numbers were 7-20-40-54-69, with a Mega Ball of 12. Friday's $353 million prize would have been the fifth-largest jackpot in the multistate lottery game's history.

The next drawing is Tuesday.

The jackpot has been rolling since January 3.

The biggest lottery prize in the U.S. was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million.


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Mexico to draw line on vigilantes
Written by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:03

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have finally served notice to vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in western Michoacan state that their illegal tactics will no longer be tolerated, starting with a string of arrests this week.

The change comes after months in which government troops and federal police tolerated thousands of assault rifle-wielding civilians breaking down doors, settling up roadblocks and taking over towns to oust the vicious Knights Templar cartel.

Civilians aren't permitted to carry such weapons in Mexico, but police and soldiers have even carried out joint raids with the "self-defense" forces, who were initially well received by local residents tired of the Knights Templars' extortion, kidnapping and murder.

"We are putting up the 'stop' sign" to the vigilantes, a federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Friday on condition of anonymity. "We are reaching a turning point, a point of change."

The official explained that when tens of thousands of federal forces were dispatched to Michoacan in May 2013, they depended on the vigilantes to point out suspected drug cartel members.

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