No distress call from Malaysia Airlines plane...Cleaning up leaking nuke waste

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The CEO of Malaysia Airlines says there is no indication that the pilots sent a distress signal before their Beijing-bound Boeing 777 disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia are scrambling to find the plane that carried 239 people.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A published report says there's a plan but actual waste pumping would start no sooner than March 2016 at a leaking nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reports that the U.S. Department of Energy has given the state of Washington a plan for removing the radioactive sludge from the double-shell tank with a leak between its shells.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to whip up interest in the midterm elections this November. He's issuing dire warnings that Democrats could get walloped because it tends to get sleepy and distracted in the midterms. And its supporters simply may not show up to vote. If voters hand the Senate over to Republican control, Obama will lose even the uphill chance he has to get legislation passed in his remaining time in office.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. The lawsuit by Chloie Jonsson accuses CrossFit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — That extra hour is coming back, though some people will still lose some sleep over it. Daylight saving time arrives this weekend as most Americans set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed tonight. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. The change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

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