No sign of missing plane...Obama lobbies China on Ukraine...Tighter security planned

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PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Nearly three days after a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared while on a flight from Malaysia to Beijing, no debris has been spotted in Southeast Asian waters. Meanwhile, there's a growing international investigation into two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports. Information on the two men has been shared with Chinese and U.S. intelligence agencies.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to get China's support for efforts to isolate Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The White House says President Barack Obama spoke to China's president last night -- their first known conversation since Russia took control of Ukraine's Crimea region. A statement says Obama appealed to China's well-known opposition to outside intervention in the affairs of other nations.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — When runners and spectators gather for next month's Boston Marathon, security will be much tighter than it was last year, when a bombing attack killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Officials say spectators attending the event with backpacks, coolers and other large items may have to have them searched. People are being encouraged to carry belongings in clear plastic bags instead. At least 3,500 police officers will be spread across the marathon route, which runs through eight cities and towns.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge says there is evidence of improper influence from the Pentagon in the prosecution of an Army general on sexual assault charges. The judge came to that conclusion after reviewing emails between a top Pentagon lawyer and the prosecutors. He's now discussing with lawyers whether to dismiss charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair or proceed with the case.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state lawmaker is apologizing for his tweet about the NBA that was seen by some as racist. State representative Pat Garofalo suggested in a tweet last night that pro basketball players have criminal tendencies. His tweet said most NBA teams could fold, and nobody would notice -- with the "possible exception of increase in street crime." He initially stuck by his words, but now he's put out a statement of apology. He says the NBA has many players and owners who are good role models.

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