Interpol: Passport checks are vital...Search for missing plane continues... Selma remembered



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PARIS (AP) — Interpol says it's troubling that despite repeated warnings about passport fraud, people continue to be allowed to board flights without having their passports checked against the police agency's stolen-documents records. It happened again when two people boarded the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight with passports that were on file with Interpol as stolen. Authorities are trying to determine who they were.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese authorities are trying to get a closer look at an object that might be a part of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet. It was spotted in the waters off Vietnam. The Boeing 777 jumbo jet was carrying 239 people, including three Americans, when it vanished from radar early Saturday while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Speakers at the annual commemoration of a key event in the fight for voting rights are urging Congress to resurrect the requirement for many Deep South states to get federal approval of their election laws. Thousands of people gathered in Selma, Ala., today to honor the 49th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights marchers were beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Outrage over the incident helped galvanize support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is back in Washington after a brief family vacation in southern Florida. The president is scheduled to host Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') at the White House on Wednesday. Before heading home, Obama squeezed in another round of golf today at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is at a retreat house in the hills south of Rome for spiritual exercises through Friday. He and the heads of Vatican offices traveled there by bus today. Jesuits typically do such Lenten retreats away from home, and Francis is breaking with recent papal tradition of prayers and meditation at the Vatican during the 40-day Lenten period preceding Easter.

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