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295 missing in ferry sinking...Robotic sub on 2nd mission...Russia says meeting with Ukraine still on



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing following the sinking of a ferry off the country's southern coast. Officials say more than 470 people were on the vessel when it started sinking today. At least two people are confirmed dead, but officials say about 295 people are unaccounted for. One survivor says he believes that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Navy robotic submarine has begun a second mission to search a section of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane and its black boxes. The Bluefin 21 sub is expected to stay in the water for about 20 hours. A sweep earlier this week was cut short when the ocean got too deep for the sub to perform. Meanwhile, up to 14 planes will be making the final sweeps by air for floating debris from the airliner.

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect want some of the charges against their client tossed out and restrictions eased on him in prison. The attorneys will make their request today before a federal judge in Boston. A 30-count federal indictment charges Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) with last year's twin bombings that killed three people and wounded dozens more. But his attorneys say many of those charges are redundant and could sway jurors.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow is still planning to meet with Ukrainian officials at an international conference in Geneva on Thursday. One day after Ukraine's first military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country, Lavrov says the Geneva talks "remain on the agenda." Russia has repeatedly threatened to disrupt the talks if the Ukrainian government uses military force against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country.

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for former NFL player Darren Sharper plan to challenge in a court in Phoenix today evidence used to keep Sharper in jail without bail on sexual assault charges. Sharper is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in Tempe, Ariz., in November. But he's also being investigated for sexual assaults in Louisiana, California, Florida and Nevada.

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