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David Brenner, frequent 'Tonight' guest, dies
Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 06:27

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other veteran comics could head straight to "The Tonight Show" couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up routine when he was a guest.

Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why.

"I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes," Brenner, in a 2013 interview with CBS, recalled him saying.

Carson's regard for Brenner, who died in his New York City home Saturday at age 78 after battling cancer, made him one of the most frequent visitors to "Tonight" as a guest and substitute host who was on more than 150 times.

And NBC's late-night show, in return, made Brenner's career.

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Indian search for missing Malaysian plane on hold
Written by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 06:24

NEW DELHI (AP) — Massive Indian navy and air search operations for the missing Malaysian aircraft were suspended Sunday until fresh search areas are identified by the Malaysian government, an official said.

Col. Harmit Singh, spokesman for India's tri-services command, said coast guard ships have reverted to routine surveillance in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

"Air and sea operations for today have been put on hold," Singh said.

The Indian navy and air force's coordinated search for the last three days has so far covered more than 250,000 square kilometers (100,579 square miles) in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal without any sighting of the Boeing 777 and 239 people aboard.

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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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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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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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