Obama continues outreach on Ukraine...Navy joins search for Malaysian jetliner...ICE detainees on hunger strike

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KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is continuing his telephone outreach on Ukraine during his Florida vacation. The president spoke today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'). Obama also held a conference call with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine. Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur). The Ohio Republican says he hopes President Barack Obama will "heed this call from our allies" and do everything possible to reduce their dependency on Russia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.S. Navy is joining a multinational search for a jetliner that disappeared from radar while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks off the Vietnamese coast in the area where the airliner vanished. Officials say the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people, including three Americans.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center are refusing to eat. An immigrant activist says the hunger strike started yesterday as a protest of deportations as well as conditions at the center in Washington state. It currently houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.

PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott will help NASA study the effects of spaceflight on the human body. NASA says the two astronauts will participate in 10 different investigations. NASA says the brothers provide a unique opportunity to study two people with the same genetics who were in different environments. Scott Kelly spent a year in space while his brother, the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was on Earth.

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