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Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level.

The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond.

"This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries," said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of coming in contact with the ship, said the officials. The passes, which occurred in the early evening there, ended without incident. A second Russian fighter jet flew at a higher altitude and was not a concern, said Warren.

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Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her six babies
Written by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:02

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive.

She said she killed them immediately after they were born, and put their bodies inside boxes. The statement said each baby was wrapped in either a towel or a shirt, and placed in a plastic bag.

Huntsman is being held on $6 million bail — $1 million for each baby she's accused of killing.


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Robotic submarine deployed in search for plane
Written by MARGIE MASON, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:45

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after no signals from its black boxes were detected for six days.

Meanwhile, officials were investigating an oil slick about 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) from the area where the last underwater sounds were detected, said Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search off Australia's west coast.

Crews have collected an oil sample and are sending it back to Australia for analysis, a process that will take several days. Houston said it does not appear to be from any of the ships in the area, but cautioned against jumping to conclusions about its source.

The unmanned underwater vehicle, the Bluefin 21, was launched from the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, the U.S. Navy said. The autonomous sub can create a three-dimensional sonar map of any debris on the ocean floor.

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Experts: Money is hurdle to Ohio landing GOP convention
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:57

CINCINNATI (AP) — To hold the Republican National Convention in Cincinnati, supporters must figure out how a host committee can raise the millions in private money that will be needed and also spruce up the downtown arena.

Convention experts, local leaders and political insiders told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1iLsCoc ) that raising the money — between $50 million and $55 million — is the biggest hurdle. All of it goes to the RNC for event costs including lighting, security, transportation and catering. The other cities still in the running — Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Denver — are all bigger cities that have made past pitches or previously hosted political conventions.

Hamilton County GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou wouldn't disclose how much has been raised for Cincinnati's bid so far but said: "We're well on our way."

If either Cincinnati or Cleveland gets the convention, it is expected to receive $10 million from the state.2

Cincinnati's proposed convention home arena is large enough, with capacity for 18,000 seats. U.S. Bank Arena spokesman Sean Lynn said owner Nederlander Co. would invest about $4 million if Cincinnati gets the convention.

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Teachers returning to school where 22 people were stabbed
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Monday, 14 April 2014 06:58

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The doors are reopening at the Pittsburgh-area high school where 21 students and a security guard were injured in a stabbing rampage five days ago.

Teachers will return to work Monday at Franklin Regional School District in Murrysville. Students will be able to visit the school with their families on Tuesday and classes will resume Wednesday, a week after the attack.

Four students remained hospitalized Sunday, all in critical condition.

Authorities say 16-year-old Alex Hribal attacked his fellow students at the school with a pair of kitchen knives. He faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

Police and Hribal's attorney say they don't yet have a motive for the rampage. The attorney is seeking a psychiatric evaluation for Hribal.


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