Object turns out to be moss-covered flotsam...Govt readies eyes on spies

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — It looked like it might have been a life raft, but when rescue craft searching for signs of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet reached the area, the object turned out to be nothing but moss-covered trash. No trace of the Beijing-bound plane carrying 239 people has been found during two days of searching. Investigators are looking into two men who boarded with stolen passports, but there's nothing to link them to the disappearance so far.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances is of interest to U.S. intelligence officials, who are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring. Current and former officials say the system would tap into government, financial and other databases to try to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leakers.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials involved in various facets of planning this year's Boston Marathon plan a news conference today to pass along more details of an enhanced security plan they've been working on since last year's deadly attack. This year, police are expecting about 36,000 runners and up to a million spectators for the April extravaganza.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A famous former Russian prisoner is leveling criticism at Moscow today over its actions in Ukraine. Speaking to students in Kiev, Mikhail Khodorkovsky (mih-hah-EEL' khoh-dohr-KAHV'-skee) says Russia is ruining its longstanding friendship with Ukraine by its aggressive and pro-separatist actions in Crimea. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's wealthiest man, was pardoned last December. Many believe the charges were trumped-up.

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — It was a big earthquake that hit late yesterday off the Northern California coast, but far enough away not to cause injuries or damage, even though it was widely felt. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.9 quake was followed by several aftershocks. It was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed. There was no tsunami warning.

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