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Malaysia: Chinese satellite found object in ocean PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press SCOTT McDONALD, Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:37

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister says a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks.

Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 meters (74 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet).

He said, "The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify."

He said he had no other information and that China would release further details. It was not immediately clear whether the object was seen near where another satellite found two objects earlier this week.

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Lawyer: Vet reaches $4.5M settlement with Oakland PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:27

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

Scott Olsen, 26, sued the city in 2012 for medical expenses and injuries that also included a fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaging of the brain. Olsen was among more than 1,000 demonstrators protesting the police clearing of an Occupy Oakland encampment when struck by a beanbag fired by an officer outside City Hall on Oct. 25, 2011.

Olsen, who served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, suffered permanent brain injuries and has not been able to return to his career as a computer systems administrator, his attorney Rachel Lederman said Friday. Olsen's lawyers said police investigators concluded he was struck by the round that was fired by an officer less than 30 feet away during the 2011 clash.

Three children starving, 1one chained to floor in California PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:25

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Three starving children — including one who was chained to the floor to prevent her from getting food — were found last month in the squalid home of a Northern California couple, authorities said.

All three — two boys and a girl — were taken into protective custody, and one was hospitalized, Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller said Friday.

Authorities discovered them in the Salinas, Calif., home on March 14 after two of the young people missed appointments, according to several published reports.

"It was a particularly heinous case," Miller told the Monterey Herald. The children had "hardly eaten for months."

The boys are 3 and 5 years old, and the girl is 8, authorities said, and they all exhibited bruises and signs of other physical as well as emotional abuse.

Cause sought of N.J. shore motel fire that killed four PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:14

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early-morning trip to the bathroom saved Joe Frystock's life.

The New Jersey man lost his home in Superstorm Sandy and had been staying in temporary accommodations since then. Early Friday morning, he was among 40 people staying at a Point Pleasant Beach motel when a raging fire broke out, killing four people and injuring eight.

Investigators will ramp up their probe into the cause of the fire on Saturday, but a determination is not expected for several days.

Frystock, who has diabetes and frequently has to use the bathroom, said he woke up early Friday to find the motel ablaze. As he fled to safety, he pounded on doors and windows, warning fellow motel residents to get out.

He left with the clothes on his back, his insulin kit and nothing more.

Russia hopeful for OSCE observers in Ukraine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:09

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday that it hopes a monitoring mission in Ukraine will help ease the tensions in Ukraine.

Ukraine was engulfed in anti-government rallies for three months before President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country and the interim government was appointed.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Friday that Moscow hopes that the 200-strong team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe "will help to overcome the internal Ukrainian crisis" and ensure the respect for human rights there.

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