Searching the seas...US aviation experts head to Asia... Ukraine tensions continue



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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A massive search continues for a Malaysian jetliner with 239 people on board that went missing early Saturday as it was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There's still no confirmed sighting of any wreckage in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam but a Chinese aviation official says debris has been spotted. It's unclear if it came from the plane.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of aviation experts from the U.S. is en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 was on a flight from Malaysia to China. Meanwhile, authorities are investigating how two passengers were apparently able to get on the jet using stolen passports.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of military trucks carrying armed soldiers have arrived in the Crimean peninsula. That's according to witnesses who saw convoys traveling in the region on Saturday. Other witnesses report seeing amphibious military ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night. Russia denies its armed forces are active in Crimea.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official who's been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations. She's often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn't well known outside of it. Mastromonaco is leaving in May to look for a job in the private sector.

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is being roundly mocked on Twitter after mistakenly tweeting that people should set their clocks an hour back instead of forward for daylight savings time. Toronto sports writer Bruce Arthur tweeted in one response to the mayor's gaffe that "Rob Ford: the mayor who won't even follow the dimensional rules of time."

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