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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia are looking over thousands of square miles for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens on its way to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Officials say the plane was airborne less than an hour before it disappeared over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is denouncing the new Ukrainian authorities as puppets in the hands of armed radicals. And Russian and pro-Russia forces in Crimea are trying to flush Ukrainian soldiers out of the few military bases still under their control. The U.S. and the EU urged Russia to engage in dialogue with new Ukrainian authorities but the Kremlin has refused.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Utah say an avalanche has killed a snowmobiler in the Uintah-Cache National Forest east of Salt Lake City. Authorities say the man's family pulled him out of the snow, but medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene. The Utah Avalanche Center says the area had moderate to considerable avalanche risk.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The closure of reformist newspapers has drawn strong criticism from Iran's moderate-leaning president. President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) says hard-line officials for ordering the shut downs on a first offense. Judicial authorities ordered two pro-reform newspapers closed in recent months on allegations of questioning Islamic principles. Hard-line media has denounced the historic nuclear deal with world powers in Geneva last year a "poisoned chalice."

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered. MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday. She was 92.

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