Search continues for Malaysian jetliner...Obama confers with world leaders...Power out for many in North Carolina



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BEIJING (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines official says there is still no indication of what happened to one of its jetliners that disappeared from radar while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. At a news conference in Beijing, the CEO of Malaysia Airlines subsidiary Firefly airlines says the Boeing 777 was inspected 10 days ago and was "in proper condition." Vietnamese air force planes searching for the aircraft have spotted two large oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam.

MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna say the names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand. Neither European was on the plane, which disappeared less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. The Italian was traveling in Thailand and the Austrian was located in his native country.

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken to British, French and Italian leaders today about the situation in Ukraine. Obama also held a conference call with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The president and his family are spending the weekend in Key Largo, Florida.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 360,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina are without power as the state's Piedmont region thaws out from a winter storm. Duke Energy says 282,000 of its customers were without electricity this morning after snow, sleet and up to a half-inch of ice coated the area over the past two days. The utility reports over three-quarters of the people it serves in Alamance, Davidson and Randolph counties don't have electricity. Utilities say some people will be without power through next week.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Fox TV network says President Barack Obama will introduce the debut episode of the science series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." The 13-part program is a reboot of astronomer Carl Sagan's groundbreaking 1980 "Cosmos" series. It debuts tomorrow evening on stations including Fox and National Geographic Channel.

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