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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department confirms that three Americans were on a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. The department says the U.S. Embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Beijing are in contact with families of the passengers. There's been no sign of wreckage but Vietnamese air force planes report spotting a pair of large oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam, where the jetliner with 239 aboard vanished.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The first Ukrainian medalist of the Sochi Paralympics has dedicated her achievement to "an independent Ukraine" and appealed for peace as Russia intensifies its control of Crimea. Olena Iurkovska claimed bronze today in the first biathlon event on the first day of competition, the women's 6 kilometer sitting competition. She finished behind a Russian athlete.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief has arrived in Iran, her first visit to the Islamic Republic as nuclear talks with world powers continue. Iranian media say the visit by Catherine Ashton signals the normalization of Iran's relations with Europe after eight years of tension. Ashton leads the six-nation group that's in talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search. Authorities say 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts has been found unharmed in a motel in Florence, South Carolina. Police say she was with her father, Timothy Virts, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the girl's mother, Bobby Jo Cortez.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that's drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering a bill that would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeds 85 decibels. The aim is to minimize hearing loss.

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