Oil slicks spotted near where jetliner disappeared...Military mission turned back in Crimea...Sheila MacRae dies



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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks in the area where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 vanished with 239 people aboard, including three Americans. A Vietnamese government statement says the slicks were spotted off the southern tip of Vietnam. Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Malaysia Airlines says there was no indication that the pilots had sent a distress signal.

ARMIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Warning shots were fired today as pro-Russian forces refused to let a foreign military mission enter Crimea. The multinational group of military officers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe attempted to enter the embattled Ukrainian peninsula from the north. An Associated Press reporter accompanying the officers says warning bursts of automatic weapons fire were fired into the air, and the officers were told they had no authorization to enter Crimea.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say there was moderate to considerable avalanche danger in an area of Utah where a snowmobiler was buried by a slide. Sheriff's officials tell the Salt Lake Tribune that the man was snowmobiling near Whitney Reservoir in the Uintah-Cache National Forest east of Salt Lake City. The man's family pulled him out of the snow, but medical responders pronounced him dead.

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Veteran stage, film and TV performer Sheila MacRae has died. She was best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners." Her granddaughter says MacRae, who was 92, died Thursday at an actors home in New Jersey.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headline the third and final day of the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists. The Conservative Political Action Conference is being held near Washington. It brings thousands of activists, opinion leaders and Republican officials together. Other participants today include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.

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