Military on the move in Crimea...Search continues for Malaysian jetliner...Pilots told to avoid runway after UPS crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Military trucks have been on the move in Crimea today, carrying equipment and heavily armed soldiers. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in the Ukrainian peninsula, but some of the trucks in a convoy trailed by an Associated Press reporter had Russian license plates and numbers indicating that they were from the Moscow region. Soldiers spat at the reporters following them.

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama has continued his telephone consultations with world leaders on Ukraine while vacationing in Florida. Obama spoke today with the leaders of England, France and Italy and with the heads of the three Baltic states. The White House says they agreed that Russia must pull its military forces back to its bases in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and allow access for international observers and human rights monitors.

BEIJING (AP) — The CEO of a Malaysia Airlines subsidiary says a missing jetliner was inspected 10 days ago and found to be "in proper condition." The Boeing 777 vanished from radar while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Search planes spotted two oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam but no sign of the plane.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The nation's largest regional passenger airline has told pilots to avoid landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Atlanta-based ExpressJet Airlines says an internal review concluded planes come "dangerously close" to nearby hills if even a few feet too low. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to determine the probable cause of the August accident in Birmingham.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey district that received a $100 million commitment from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remake its schools is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs. Nearly half the money given by Zuckerberg has been invested in a teacher contract that allows for top teachers to get merit pay and peer reviews. The schools superintendent wants to base layoffs on teacher performance in addition to seniority. The battle threatens to derail some of the planned reforms in the struggling district.

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