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Not getting any easier: It’s not getting any easier to find possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Here’s how a top Australian defense official described it. “We’re not searching for a needle in a haystack,” Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, told reporters. “We’re still trying to find where the haystack is.” Nasty weather over the search area in the southern Indian Ocean grounded reconnaissance planes today. They’ll try again tomorrow.


Out of the club: The world’s leading industrial powers gave Russia the boot from the G8, making it the G7 again.Russia’s response? A big yawn. “G8 is an informal organization that does not give out any membership cards and, by its definition, cannot remove anyone,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said ahead of yesterday’s vote. The move to suspend Russia is the latest response from major countries upset by Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Limited sanctions have also been imposed.


Grounded: Four guys from the New York area in trouble for a stunt they pulled off nearly six months ago. Three in the group climbed to the top of One World Trade Center on September 30 and parachuted more than 1,300 feet off the skyscraper, while the fourth kept lookout from below, said an attorney for one of the men. Yesterday, the NYPD charged them with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure. There may be a bit of a security problem at the nation’s tallest building, just last week a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey was arrested for trespassing after climbing to the top of the building.

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