1. MISSING AIRLINER
Getting closer: After weeks of searching vast swaths of ocean, investigators now have their “most promising” lead yet in finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A pinger locator in the Indian Ocean has detected signals consistent with those emitted by a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, the head of the Australian agency coordinating search operations said Monday. “We are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be,” retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from the plane, which fell off the radar on March 8 with 239 people on board.
2. MICKEY ROONEY
Legendary actor dies: Actor Mickey Rooney, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in the 1930s and 1940s, died yesterday in California, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said. He was 93. In addition to his own film success, Rooney also starred as half of one of the most famous screen partnerships in film history, teaming with actress Judy Garland in a number of films in the “Andy Hardy” series. He also starred with her in several Busby Berkeley musicals, including 1940’s “Strike up the Band” and “Babes on Broadway” a year later. From 1939 through 1941, Rooney was the No. 1 box office draw in the United States.
3. NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Cats and dogs: So it comes down to Kentucky and Connecticut. The two teams tip off tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Neither team was expected to make it this far. Kentucky was a No. 8 seed in its region, while Connecticut was No. 7. With just seconds left on the clock, Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison sank a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a 74-73 win over Wisconsin in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Saturday night. Connecticut made it to the title game, after the Huskies ousted top-seeded Florida 63-53 earlier in the day.
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