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The clock ticks. The search widens: The box containing the missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders has batteries designed to keep it sending out pings for 30 days. The clock is ticking. The search is now in its 12th day and covers an area roughly the size of the continental United States. That leaves 18 days until the batteries are expected to run out. Investigators hope the recorders may reveal vital information about why Flight 370 carrying 239 people veered off course and disappeared from radar screens. But first they have to find it.


What now?: Ukraine’s prime minister called Russia’s annexation of Crimea a “robbery.” But in Moscow there were nothing but cheers yesterday as Vladimir Putin announced that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was joining the Russian Federation. After all, he said, some 97% of Crimeans had voted for the change.


$1 billion agreement: Not cooperating with the feds can cost you big. The Justice Department could announce as soon as today a billion-dollar settlement with Toyota to put to rest a federal probe into the automaker’s handling of customer complaints over cars that would unexpectedly accelerate. The investigation looked into allegations that the Japanese automotive giant initially misled federal authorities in 2009. Toyota recalled millions of cars in 2009-10 because of the problem.

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