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BEIJING (AP) — A massive search has so far failed to locate a missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared from radar while flying from Malaysia to Beijing. The U.S. Navy has joined other nations in the effort to find the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard which was last seen on radar early Saturday above the waters where the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand.

KELLER, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas man says he was on board the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Family friend Les Williams will only say IBM employee Philip Wood was aboard the Boeing 777 and that the family will issue a statement Monday. Williams spoke today from the Keller, Texas, home of the passenger's father.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Witnesses report seeing dozens of military trucks carrying armed soldiers arrive in Crimea. A spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces says people say they saw amphibious ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night. He says that even though the equipment doesn't have an insignia identifying it as Russian, "we have no doubt as to their allegiance."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official who's been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations. She's responsible for planning presidential events, hiring staff and overseeing the White House complex. Mastromonaco is leaving in May to look for a job in the private sector.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Reports say police in riot gear arrested at least 35 people participating in today's pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" at the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst. WWLP-TV reports that at least four police officers suffered minor injuries as they worked to disperse hundreds of unruly students who were throwing beer cans and bottles at police.

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