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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — As the search continues for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared near Vietnam, there are indications that someone aboard the plane may have used stolen passports. Officials in Rome and Vienna say the passenger list includes the names of an Italian and an Austrian whose passports had been reported stolen in Thailand. The officials say neither was actually aboard the flight, which carried 239 people, including three Americans.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of military trucks have been seen in Crimea today as Russia reinforces its presence in the disputed Ukrainian peninsula. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy that included vehicles with Russian license plates and numbers indicating that they were from the Moscow region.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bond has been set at $1.2 million for a pregnant South Carolina woman accused of driving her minivan into the ocean with her three children inside. A Florida judge set the bond today for 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson, who is charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of child abuse causing great bodily harm. Wilkerson told police she wasn't trying to hurt her children, but the children told investigators their mother was trying to kill them.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland girl who's been the subject of a nationwide search has been found unharmed in South Carolina. Authorities say 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts was found with her father, who has been charged with killing the girl's mother. Police say Timothy Virts will be returned to Maryland "pending an extradition process." Police hope to get the girl back home as soon as possible.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of second-strikers. The surge in offenders is undermining Gov. Jerry Brown's 3-year-old realignment law that restructured California's criminal justice system to keep lower-level felons out of state prisons to reduce crowding.

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