China finds no terror links to its nationals aboard the Malaysian jetliner. The battle for Crimea gets messier. And a judge rules that Chris Brown must face the music.
It's Tuesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
1. MISSING PLANE
New day, old questions: Another day breaks with no answers on vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As sometimes conflicting theories rage about where the plane might be, crews from 26 nations are scouring vast swaths of ocean and land for traces. Authorities say every one of the 239 people on board is both a possible victim and a possible suspect – until proved otherwise. But China says it found no terror links to its about 150 citizens aboard the jetliner.
2. UKRAINE CRISIS
Battle for Crimea: This is getting messier. Not too long after Crimea voted to divorce Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin notified parliament of the accession request. The move defies the United States and Europe, and sets the framework for annexation. And the West is not amused. It has slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials while Ukraine says it won't accept the territory's annexation. But is the West making the right call by refusing to recognize the results?
3. BIG BANG THEORY
New tips about the birth of the universe? There's no way for us to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced a breakthrough in understanding how our world as we know it came to be. And if the discovery holds up to scrutiny, it's evidence of how the universe rapidly expanded less than a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.
4. CHRIS BROWN
Facing the music: Orange is the new Brown wardrobe. A Los Angeles judge ordered Chris Brown to stay in jail despite pleas from the singer's lawyer yesterday. He was locked up on a probation violation warrant after he was booted from a court-ordered drug rehab program. Yesterday wasn't a good day to be a celebrity. Rapper Kanye West got two years of probation for attacking a photographer.
Kanye West cut a plea deal today to not be prosecuted for battery on a photographer. Bet he's singing to himself, 'Yeezus walks.'—
Chad Johnson (@ughchad) March 18, 2014
5. SOLDIER'S SURPRISE
Hi honey, I'm leaner! An Army wife gave her husband a big surprise. A 100-pound surprise, to be exact. Larry Shaffer returned from Afghanistan to a limber, trimmer wife. She weighed about 260 pounds when he left and less than 155 pounds when he returned a year later. "I just sat in bed one night and was like, 'I can do this,' " Misty Shaffer says of getting in shape. " 'I need to do this.' "
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Tempting offer: Buy this New York City penthouse, and they’ll throw in a Rolls-Royce Phantom! Listing price? $25 million. But, hey, at least it comes with a parking spot.
– Bulldog puppy rolls down a hill: Watch this, and go awww. Unless you hate puppies.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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