1. MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLANE
Still looking: Four days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went off the grid, there are still far more questions than answers. Authorities expanded the search area today, with nine aircraft and 24 vessels specifically deployed to find the missing Boeing 777 or at least some clue of where it went down. The plane disappeared somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam. Since then, teams of searchers from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand have been working alongside Malaysians to scour the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea.
2. MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL
Modest reforms: A bill working its way through Congress would strengthen prosecution of sexual assaults in the military. The U.S. Senate yesterday approved the package on a 97-to-0 vote. It now goes to the House for consideration. The package continues major reforms that became law last year that include: removing the authority of commanders to overturn convictions; providing attorneys to victims; making it a crime to retaliate against a victim; and requiring a dishonorable discharge for anyone convicted of sexual assault. Sen. Claire McCaskill says the U.S. military has “one of the most victim-friendly justice systems in the world.”
3. EDWARD SNOWDEN
SXSW headliner: Edward Snowden called on a tech conference audience to help “fix” the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens. The fugitive National Security Agency leaker spoke yesterday over a heavily encrypted feed to an audience of thousands at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Snowden said he had no regrets about his decision to leak the NSA documents. He said it was the right thing to do.
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