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PERTH, Australia (AP) — After weeks of false sightings and frustration, there is cautious optimism that searchers are closing in on the Malaysian airliner believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean. The Australian coordinator says no further sounds were detected Wednesday night, and Thursday's search is in a smaller zone in an effort to track sounds heard since the weekend. Three ships are using underwater acoustic equipment.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A search is underway for the driver of an SUV involved in a collision that sent a car smashing into an Orlando-area day care. The crash killed a girl and injured 12 other children and two adults. The SUV was found about two hours later at a home. State records show the driver has been arrested eight times since 2000.

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Some residents of Murrysville, Pa., have paused to pray for the 21 students and a security guard who were stabbed or slashed by a student at a high school on Wednesday. Witnesses say a 16-year-old who faces multiple counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, had a "blank expression" and apparently chose victims at random in a hallway at Murrysville High.

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) —Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is wrapping up a 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific with a stop in Mongolia. Arriving after spending three days in China, Hagel is expected to thank Mongolia for its contributions to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Speaking at a civil rights summit in Texas, former President Bill Clinton says lawmakers in several states are threatening to roll back progress by restricting voting. Clinton spoke Wednesday night during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin. It's marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 law that banned widespread discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities and women. President Barack Obama will speak Thursday.

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