42 dead in Iraq...US experts joining probe of Malaysian jet crash...Anti-nuke protests in Japan

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents continue efforts to destabilize Iraq a few weeks ahead of elections. At least 42 people have been killed in attacks today. The deadliest was in southern Iraq, where a suicide bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint in Hillah.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of aviation experts from the U.S. is headed to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared with 239 people on board. The search is continuing for the Boeing 777 that vanished while flying from Malaysia to China. Some military radar data suggests it may have turned back. Meanwhile, authorities are investigating as many as four passengers who boarded with questionable identification.

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese are marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster with protests in Tokyo and other cities. Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, protesters in Tokyo demanded an end to nuclear power. Today's demonstration is one of many such protests that have erupted since the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lawmaker is promising to get tougher when it comes to the environment and polluters. The lawmaker says China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air. Heavy pollution has lingered over much of northern China through February and March.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — There was a lot more than blarney going on near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration spun out of control. Police in riot gear stepped in against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual "Blarney Blowout." There were more than 70 arrests and four officers were injured.

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