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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Search and rescue teams are trying to locate the aircraft. China's state news agency says the plane lost communication over Vietnam. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) that he welcomes the unified position of the U.S. and European Union on Ukraine. The leaders agreed that Russia must pull back its forces from Ukraine's Crimea region, allow international observers and human rights monitors into Crimea to make sure the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are protected. The West also supports free and fair presidential elections.

HOUSTON (AP) — The head of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Larry Max Bryan pleaded guilty today in federal court in Houston and could be sentenced up to life in prison. Bryan was among nearly three dozen people allegedly affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood who were charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed in 2012.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Los Angeles police officer has been killed and his rookie partner was critically injured today when their patrol car collided with a truck. The accident happened on a residential street. The Hollywood division officers were responding to a call of unknown trouble.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California state lawmaker wants to ban SeaWorld from using killer whales in its San Diego shows. The proposed law says orcas are too large and intelligent to be confined in small tanks for their entire lives. The measure would also ban captive breeding and prohibit the import and export of orcas.

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