Obama works the phone on Ukraine...US aviation officials head to Asia... Fighter pilot killed in training ID'd



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KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is continuing his telephone outreach on Ukraine while trying for a little rest and relaxation in Florida. The president spoke individually Saturday with the British prime minister, the Italian prime minister and the president of France. He also held a conference call with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The White House says they all agreed on several steps Russia must take to reduce tensions in Crimea, including returning troops to their bases.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials say a team of experts is en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board. The team includes accident investigators from National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

UNDATED (AP) — An Austin, Texas, technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea. A spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor says 12 were Malaysian and 8 were Chinese. Also, the family of Philip Wood says the IBM employee from Texas was one of the Americans aboard the flight from Malaysia to China.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The military says the pilot killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada was 32-year-old Marine Capt. Reid Nannen. The F/A-18C went down March 1 in a training range complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon. The Los Angeles Times reports the Hopedale, Ill., native was a student at the TopGun school there. He is survived by a wife and four children.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a routine noise complaint has turned into a significant New York City drug bust. The NYPD says uniformed officers were investigating loud music at a Queens apartment Friday when a man holding a marijuana pipe opened the door and invited them inside. Police say they spotted about five pounds of heroin on the kitchen table and made an arrest then got a search warrant. Nearly 2,000 glassines of heroin as well as packing materials and equipment were found.

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