April 1st, 2014
09:51 AM ET

'Good Night Malaysian Three Seven Zero'

They were words heard around the world as investigators searched for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Weeks ago, Malaysian authorities said the last message from the airplane cockpit was, "All right, good night."

The sign-off to air traffic controllers, which investigators said was spoken by the plane's copilot, was among the few concrete details officials released in a mystery that's baffled investigators since the Boeing 777 disappeared with 239 people aboard on March 8.

There's only one problem. It turns out, it wasn't true.

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April 1st, 2014
09:45 AM ET

NATO Chief Rasmussen Says No Russian Troop Withdrawal Seen

NATO sees no sign that Russia is pulling its forces back from the border with Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday, despite Moscow's claim of a partial pullback.

"Unfortunately I cannot confirm that Russia is withdrawing its troops," Rasmussen said at the opening of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium.

"This is not what we're seeing. And this massive military buildup can in no way contribute to a de-escalation of the situation."

Concerns are high that Russia, which U.S. officials last week said had about 40,000 troops near the frontier, might seek to enter eastern Ukraine, after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea region last month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he'd ordered a withdrawal of some Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine, Merkel's office said.

The news prompted U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki to say Monday that if the reports were accurate, "it would be a welcome preliminary step."

But Rasmussen appeared to quash hopes that the situation might be easing with his remarks Tuesday.

He said the NATO foreign ministers would discuss options to boost their collective defense capability, including enhanced military exercises and updated defense plans, in addition to the stepped-up NATO air surveillance already in place above Eastern European nations.

"Defense starts with deterrence, so we will take the necessary steps to make it clear to the world that no threat against NATO allies will succeed," Rasmussen said.

He said that Russia's actions are unacceptable and that they will discuss what cooperation with Russia is still appropriate. "We cannot go on doing business as usual," he said.

But, Rasmussen stressed, the alliance still seeks a peaceful solution to the crisis.

"I don't think anybody honestly would like to see a military confrontation in Europe," he said, adding that "the right way forward is the diplomatic and political path."

He urged Russia to pull back its forces from the border area and engage in dialogue with the interim Ukrainian government.

Russian state media reported Monday that one Russian infantry battalion was being moved from the border area to its base deeper into Russia. A battalion would typically number several hundred troops.

Psaki also urged Russia on Monday to talk with the government in Kiev to de-escalate the situation. Moscow does not recognize Ukraine's new government, saying ousted President Viktor Yanukovych was removed in an unconstitutional coup.

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last month amid the political upheaval that followed the ouster of the pro-Moscow Yanukovych, sparking the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War ended.

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April 1st, 2014
09:39 AM ET

Siblings Donate Funds From Piggy Banks After Washington Landslide

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff,"  two siblings donate their piggy banks to help first responders after the Washington landslide. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

The grim death toll from the massive landslide in rural Washington rose Monday to 24 people, and the discovery of three more bodies means the list of those confirmed killed likely will rise soon, authorities said.

But emergency workers got a much-needed surprise on Sunday in Oso  in the form of 7-year-old Talon Lin, and his 6-year-old sister Anya.  The siblings visited the scene with two very special gifts.

Their piggy banks. And it was their own idea, too.

"I decided to give it to the people who need help for the mudslide,” Talon said.

Officials say the money will buy new boots for first responders, but it's already meant much more than that.

See the full story at CNN affiliate KING and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know!

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April 1st, 2014
06:11 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – April 1, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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