The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 goes underwater. Russian protesters hold their ground in eastern Ukraine as another government deadline passes. And authorities arrest a life-long white supremacist in two Jewish center shootings.
It's Monday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
1. MISSING PLANE
A new phase: It's been almost a week since any underwater pulses have been heard, so Australian authorities said today that they will stop listening for pings coming from the floor of the Indian Ocean and will now deploy an underwater vehicle. "We haven't had a single detection in six days," Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said. "It's time to go underwater." They'll use the Bluefin-21, a probe with side-scan sonar technology that creates pictures from the reflections of sound rather than light.
2. UKRAINE CRISIS
Now what? A Ukrainian government deadline for pro-Russian protesters to lay down their arms and leave occupied buildings passed early today with no sign of it being heeded in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk. The protesters were given until 2 a.m. ET to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces. But the deadline passed with no movement at the regional government building in Donetsk, which has been occupied for more than a week. Previous deadlines have passed with no consequence. NATO says Russian armed forces are massing on Ukraine's eastern border and could invade, while Moscow says they are merely carrying out military exercises.
3. JEWISH CENTER SHOOTINGS
Three dead: A Missouri man with a long history of anti-Semitism is suspected of killing a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City, and a woman at a Jewish assisted living facility nearby. The 73-year-old man, Frazier Glenn Miller, faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court today. At least two of the three victims were not Jewish.
4. OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL
Week No. 6: Oscar Pistorius was back on the stand for a second week today, facing more relentless cross-examination as the prosecution challenges his account of the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about her death. Pistorius shot her last year through a closed toilet door in his South African luxury home in Pretoria. The trial is scheduled to continue until the middle of May.
5. NEVADA RANCH STANDOFF
Free to roam again: A tense, weeklong showdown appeared to end over the weekend between the federal government and supporters of a Nevada cattle rancher battling the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights on federal land. Call it an Old West showdown. It centers on a family that has been ranching in Nevada since the 1800s. The bureau says the family owes about $1 million in back fees because its cattle grazed on federal land. The family disagrees, and authorities feared violence as supporters gathered outside the gates where the feds were holding the family's cattle. The cattle that were corralled are free to roam again, but this isn't settled yet. We're still not sure how things will round up.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Barely playing: This polar bear isn't quite ready for Ultimate Frisbee, but who wants to tell him he can't join the team?
- Charge: This baby elephant acts all tough during a safari in Zambia but quickly packs her trunk and runs.
- Up in flames: It's all fun and games until the birthday girl's hair catches on fire.
- Comic fix: Check out this new Batman short. Fans of the Dark Knight will love it.
- K9 cuteness: Run for your lives. It's a ... it's a ... it's a dachshund in a coat sleeve.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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