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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Spectators attending next month's Boston Marathon will be encouraged to carry their belongings in clear plastic bags and leave backpacks and coolers at home. Officials say large items will be subject to searches. At least 3,500 police officers will be spread across the eight cities and towns that make up the marathon route -- more than double the number from last year. The security measures announced today are in response to last year's bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Investigators are trying to learn all they can about two passengers who boarded a missing Malaysian jetliner with stolen passports. Thai police and Interpol are questioning the proprietors of a travel agency in a Thai resort town that sold the men one-way tickets. Malaysia's police chief was quoted by local media as saying that one of the men has been identified, but Malaysia's civil aviation chief isn't confirming that. The use of stolen passports has fueled speculation that terrorists may have brought down the Boeing 777, which vanished with 239 people aboard.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top economists say the nation is on track to make economic progress over the next two years. But they say it would do even better if Congress would enact the additional spending he proposed in his most recent budget. The Council of Economic Advisers says the nation's economy would grow by 3.3 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in 2015. It also projects that unemployment would drop to 6.4 percent next year and 6 percent in 2016. That's if Congress approves $56 billion in spending that is above the limits set in a bipartisan budget agreement earlier this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court decision today could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to landowners. The justices sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad. The court ruled 8-1 that Marvin Brandt, not the government, owns a 200-foot-wide trail that crosses his property in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Thousands of miles of trails have been built along abandoned railroads and the government says it faces compensation claims involving 10,000 properties in 30 states.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The military jury in the sexual assault trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has been dismissed for the day as the judge considers new evidence. The Army general's lawyers say a top lawyer at the Pentagon may have unlawfully interfered in a decision on whether to accept a plea agreement that was ultimately rejected. The judge is considering whether to dismiss some or all of the remaining charges against Sinclair.

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