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Ceremony marks 70 years since the Great Escape
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Monday, 24 March 2014 13:08

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — British and other airmen have attended a military ceremony marking 70 years since the Great Escape of Allied officers from the Nazi prisoner camp near Zagan, in western Poland.

Marek Lazarz, director of the Stalag Luft III Museum, said Monday the ceremony was held at the place where 76 prisoners of war emerged from a tunnel on March 24, 1944. The 1963 Hollywood movie "The Great Escape," starring Steve McQueen, tells their story.

Two British former prisoners, now in their 90s, joined airmen and ambassadors from Britain, Canada and New Zealand In the observances to their countrymen.

Only three of those who escaped made it home. Fifty others were executed when caught, and the rest were sent to other camps.


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Train derails, climbs escalator at Chicago airport
Written by CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press PRIYA SRIDHAR, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:06

CHICAGO (AP) — An eight-car Chicago commuter train plowed across a platform and scaled an escalator at the underground station of one of the nation's busiest airports early Monday, injuring 32 people on board, officials said.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries in the Blue Line derailment at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said during a morning briefing.

An enormous disaster was avoided thanks to the timing of the crash just before 3 a.m. The bustling station is usually packed with travelers using the major airport, but Chicago Transit Authority official said the crash happened at a traditionally quiet time.

Denise Adams, a passenger on the train, told the Chicago Sun-Times she heard a loud noise during the impact.

"I heard a 'Boom!' and when I got off the train, the train was all the way up the escalator," she said. "It was a lot of panic."

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Official: 108 names on list of missing in mudslide
Written by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:02

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — There are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state, authorities said Monday.

Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said that's the consolidated list from various sources that authorities are working from, and it doesn't mean there are that many injuries or fatalities.

"It's a soft 108," Pennington said at a news conference.

Among the possible missing are construction workers coming into the neighborhood and people just driving by. Pennington added the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home.

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Rover used to help find Colorado plane crash victims
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Monday, 24 March 2014 13:04

RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — Boats and dive teams were using a remote-controlled rover on Monday to help them find five people feared dead after their plane crashed into the murky, cold waters of a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The single-engine Socata TBM originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was headed to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir, when it crashed into the water at Ridgway State Park on Saturday. Officials say it crashed about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water.

Sonar and dive teams have helped searchers locate the wreckage, which is believed to be intact except for the tail, which was recovered Saturday. However dive teams can only see between 5 and 10 feet ahead of them in the reservoir, which contains sediment washed down from the mountains, Ouray (yoo-RAY') County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. They are using the rover to help them zero in on the plane, she said.

Authorities haven't released the identities of the presumed victims.

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(Updated) Malaysia: Missing flight crashed in Indian Ocean
Written by EILEEN NG, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:15
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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the press conference for the missing Malaysia Airline, MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation's prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data. The statement was the first major step toward resolving a 2-week-old mystery that has consumed the world.

But with the location of Flight 370 itself still unknown — most likely somewhere at the bottom of the sea — profound questions remain about what brought down the aircraft and why.

Dressed in a black suit, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the news in a brief statement to reporters, saying the information was based on an unprecedented study of data from a satellite that had received the final known signals from the plane.

He said the data indicated that the Boeing 777, which took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew, flew "to a remote location, far from any possible landing sites."

"It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

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