Frustration surrounds the search for a missing Malaysian airliner, there was toilet door testimony in the Oscar Pistorius trial, and winter lingers as a snowstorm whips the Midwest and Northeast.
It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. MISSING PLANE
The search continues: It's been more than four days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over Southeast Asia. And Malaysian officials not only don't know what happened to the plane, they aren't even clear where to look. The lack of direction prompted Vietnam to say Wednesday that it's pulling back from the search efforts until Malaysia comes up with better information.
2. JOSH HARDY CASE
New meds, sick boy: After days of pleading with drug company executives, Josh Hardy's parents got what they'd been praying for: a chance to get medicine that could help their son survive. The Chimerix pharmaceutical company said yesterday that the ailing 7-year-old will receive the medicine when a new clinical trail starts today. Left with a weak immune system because of cancer treatments, Josh is in heart and kidney failure. Doctors hope the medicine will stabilize his condition.
3. UKRAINE CRISIS
A one-way street? Things are moving quickly in Crimea. The new pro-Russian government on the peninsula in Ukraine's southeast said yesterday that if voters opt to join Russia during this weekend's referendum, the first step will be to declare Crimea an independent and sovereign state. Then it will apply to join the Russian Federation. Its representatives have already approached Moscow with their idea, and Russian leaders have greeted them with open arms. Here are the choices for the voters: Remain an autonomous state within Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation.
Crimea is outlined in the map below.
4. PISTORIUS TRIAL
Toilet door testimony: The prosecution called a forensics expert on day eight of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Central to Col. J.G. Vermeulen's testimony was the bathroom door the Olympian beat with a cricket bat and blasted with his gun. The angle at which Pistorius struck the door with the bat and fired the shots should help establish whether he was on his stumps or standing on his prosthetics at the time of the attack. The defense says Pistorius thought an intruder was in the house when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. They say he felt vulnerable because he was on his stumps when he opened fire.
5. LATE-WINTER STORM
Just stop already: You've got to give the groundhog credit. He's getting every last drop out of his forecast of six more weeks of winter. Just as the jonquils and tulips are poking their leaves above ground, a monster of a storm is sweeping across the Midwest, up the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. Chicago is expected to get up to 8 inches of snow. Blizzard warnings are up for western New York, where up to 18 inches is forecast. The story is pretty much the same all the way through Maine.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
– Street cred: This street performer seems to have the whole juggling thing down pat.
– Another fake: 20 million people have viewed this short film showing 20 strangers kissing for the first time. But it really wasn't a short film, and they weren't strangers, though the kisses look real. Anyway, it was a clothing ad stocked with models and actors.
– Man vs. machine: Is this showdown real or just an overhyped YouTube video for a robotics company? You be the judge.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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