Object spotted in search area...Deadly attacks in Iraq...3 dead in Ohio nightclub shooting



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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese authorities say a rectangular object has been spotted in the waters off Vietnam where a search is underway for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner. The object was seen by a low-flying plane in the same area where oil slicks were spotted yesterday. Meanwhile, international intelligence agencies have joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the missing Boeing 777 jetliner with stolen passports.

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken says the U.S. is looking into reports that two passengers on the missing Malaysian jetliner were using stolen passports. But he tells CNN it's premature to speculate whether those passengers had a role in the Boeing 777's disappearance. Blinken also said U.S. investigators from the FBI, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are heading to Asia to assist in the investigation.

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 40 people are dead in the latest round of attacks on civilians and police ion Iraq. Authorities say the deadliest attack of the day was a suicide car bombing in the southern city of Hillah. The blast struck a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint to be searched. Two police officers say the bombing set dozens of cars ablaze, killing 21 civilians and 15 security personnel and wounding at least 115.

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Police say a gunman opened fire at a northern Ohio nightclub, killing three men and wounding a fourth. Authorities say the shooting happened early today at the Last Call Bar in Fremont. No arrest has been made, and detectives are working to identify the gunman. Police say two of the men died at the club and a third died at a hospital. A fourth was flown to a Toledo hospital, and his condition wasn't immediately known.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — More than 70 people have been arrested after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control. Amherst police say they spent most of yesterday trying to break up several large gatherings around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break. Riot police moved in to disperse thousands of drunken and unruly revelers. Four officers were injured.

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