April 29th, 2014
10:44 AM ET

Exploration Company Says It Believes It Has Found a Plane

A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim.

The reasons for the skepticism are obvious - the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the multinational search, dismissed the claim.

"The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location," the JACC said.

"The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data. The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc."

Malaysian acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia "is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information."

GeoResonance said it analyzes super-weak electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images.

"The company is not declaring this is MH370, however it should be investigated," GeoResonance said in a statement.

The company's director, David Pope, said he did not want to go public with the information at first, but his information was disregarded.

"We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," he told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

GeoResonance's technology was created to search for nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry under the ocean or beneath the earth in bunkers, Pope said.

The company began its search four days after the plane went missing and sent officials initial findings on March 31, Pope said. It followed up with a full report on April 15.

By going public, the company says it hopes it will spur officials to take its claim seriously.

Malaysian authorities contacted GeoResonance on Tuesday and were "very interested, very excited" about the findings, Pope said.

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November 25th, 2013
08:28 AM ET

Accused Predator Blames Twin, Judge Okays "Evil Twin" Defense at Trial

It's a mind-boggling surprise in whodunit mysteries and soap operas, but a soldier in Colorado is using the dramatic ploy for real in a criminal courtroom: his "evil twin" may be responsible for the sex crimes against girls that he's now accused of, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

The soldier's defense rests partly on the fact he and his identical twin brother have virtually the same DNA, an attempt to undercut authorities' allegations that the DNA from the crime scenes belongs to the soldier.

The defendant, Aaron Gregory Lucas, 32, is also a suspect in sex crimes in two other states, authorities say. In addition to raising his twin brother as a suspect, Lucas also claims that a third man may be the culprit in some of the crimes, court papers say.

A Colorado judge in El Paso County ruled last week that Lucas will be allowed to name his twin brother, Brian Lucas, as a suspect in his defense. The judge also allowed the defense attorneys to use the name of a third man as a suspect, too.

The twin brother, who hasn't been charged in the any of the crimes, could not be reached by CNN for comment.

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November 4th, 2013
07:02 AM ET

Woman Reveals New Details About LAX Shooter

Days before Paul Ciancia's murderous rampage at LAX, one woman who knows the alleged gunman and his three roommates says Ciancia was already plotting his crime, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

Woman: He asked one of the roommates if you could have a ride to the airport.

Miguel: Why did he need a ride?

Woman: He said he was going back home. He said his dad was sick and he had to go help take care of him.

MM: Did anyone see a ticket?

Woman: No. He also didn't tell him what day he needed to leave.

She says Ciancia rarely left his San Fernando Valley apartment since moving there in January. Describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker, he always paid his rent on time and appeared to make money trading online. The day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, took his roommate by surprise.

Ciancia's roommates believe he texted family members in New Jersey, telling them he was going to commit suicide.

That alarmed Ciancia's father enough to call Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings. Cummings, in turn, called Los Angeles police and asked them to check on Ciancia.


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