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China's inflation rate eases to 2 pct in February
BEIJING (AP) ? China's inflation rate eased in February to 2 percent year-on-year amid signs the world's second-largest economy might be cooling.
Search resumes for missing Malaysian jetliner
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board for more than 24 hours, while Malaysian aviation authorities investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports.
Creighton's McDermott scores 45, goes over 3,000
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? Doug McDermott scored a career-high 45 points and became the eighth player in Division I history to go over 3,000 for a career, and No. 13 Creighton rolled to an 88-73 victory over Providence on Saturday night.
U.S. sends team to investigate Malaysia Airlines crash
(Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday it has dispatched a team to Asia to help investigate the crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet early Saturday that is presumed to have claimed 239 lives. The NTSB team is accompanied by technical advisers from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. air safety regulator and Boeing Co, which made the 777-200ER jet that was lost while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "Once the aircraft location is identified, International Civil Aviation Organization protocols will determine which country will lead the investigation," the NTSB said. Because of the travel time to Asia, the team departed from the United States on Saturday night so it could be in place to assist without delay, the NTSB said.
Zirkle maintains Iditarod lead, reaches coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? Race leader Aliy Zirkle took a two-hour lead out of the Yukon River village of Kaltag on Saturday and became the first musher to reach the Alaska west coast community of Unalakleet in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Malaysia probing two more passengers on missing flight: source
Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said. Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia, said the official, who has knowledge of the investigation and declined to be identified. The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said.
Venezuelans bang pots, pans to protest president
Armed with cooking pots in a potent symbol of Venezuela's chronic food shortages, several thousand people took to the streets of Caracas in the latest rally against President Nicolas Maduro. The rally was called by the country's most prominent opposition leader, two-time presidential election runner-up Henrique Capriles, who lost to Maduro by a whisker in the April 2013 election. "I can't find milk, butter, diapers, flour, sugar or rice," said Alexandra Fernandez, a 39-year-old Caracas housewife.
Murray and Federer advance at Indian Wells
Indian Wells (United States) (AFP) - Andy Murray avoided another early exit at Indian Wells, rallying for a three-set victory over Lukas Rosol in his opening match at the ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt event. World number one Rafael Nadal was waiting in the wings to launch his title defence with a second-round night match against Czech Radek Stepanek. Four-time champion Roger Federer got past France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6 (7/5). But despite the decline in his ranking, the Swiss great arrived in the California desert fresh from claiming a 78th career ATP title in Dubai last week, his first title in nine months sparking anticipation he could add to the Indian Wells titles he won from 2004-2006 and in 2012.
China to tighten rules against pollution
BEIJING (AP) ? China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, the country's top legislator said Sunday.
Tiger Woods leaps into hunt at Doral with sizzling 66
Top-ranked Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66, the best round of the week at the Cadillac Championship, to charge into contention at the $9 million World Golf Championships event. Woods stood on one-under 215 after 54 holes, leaving him in a share of fourth after three rounds, three off the pace. American Patrick Reed shot a 69 to lead on 212 with countrymen Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan two back and Woods and Welshman Jamie Donaldson another stroke adrift.
Dozens arrested at Massachusetts 'Blarney Blowout'
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) ? An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 40 people while dispersing massive crowds, including unruly students throwing beer cans and bottles.
Obama to preserve California federal lands
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) ? President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday.
Libya threatens to bomb N.Korean ship over 'illegal' oil
Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Libya threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker at an oil terminal held by militants in the restive east, saying it was being loaded illegally. Separatists blockading Al-Sidra facility attempted to load crude aboard the Morning Glory in the latest challenge to central government control. "The attorney general has given the order for the ship to be stopped," Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a news conference. The self-proclaimed government of Cyrenaica in the east, the political wing of the separatists, said oil exports from Al-Sidra had now begun.
China inflation falls to 2.0% year-on-year in February
China's inflation rate dropped to 2.0 percent year-on-year in February, down from 2.5 percent in January, the government said Sunday. The consumer price index (CPI) figure announced by the National Bureau of Statistics matched the median forecast in a poll of 13 economists by Dow Jones Newswires. The producer price index, which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, declined by 2.0 percent in February, more than January's 1.6 percent fall, the NBS also said. China's CPI, a main gauge of inflation, rose by 2.6 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012 and well below the 3.5 percent target set by the government in the world's second-biggest economy.
Malaysia Airlines says 'fearing the worst' for missing jet
Malaysia Airlines said on Sunday it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a U.S. company that specializes in disaster recovery. "In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time," the airline said in a statement.
Game On Dude wins 3rd Santa Anita Handicap
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) ? On the same track where Breeders' Cup glory has eluded him, Game On Dude won the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1¾ lengths Saturday, becoming the first three-time champion in the race's 77-year history.
Skydiver, pilot treated after midair accident
MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) ? A plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver's parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Fla., with both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries.
Reed builds 2-shot lead at Doral; Tiger in the mix
DORAL, Fla. (AP) ? In only his second year on the PGA Tour, Patrick Reed already is used to playing in the final group on Sunday ? and winning.
Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) ? She was not on the speaking program, but Hillary Rodham Clinton had presence at the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, as high-profile Republicans launched a dual effort to attack the prospective Democratic presidential candidate and improve the GOP's longstanding struggle with women voters.
Oil slicks offer sign that Malaysian jet crashed
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Two large oil slicks spotted by the Vietnamese air force offered the first sign that a jetliner carrying 239 people had crashed into the ocean after vanishing from radar without sending a single distress call.
Keselowski holds on for Nationwide win in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Brad Keselowski once blew a tire while leading the final lap of this same Nationwide Series race, so he knew he couldn't get excited about a victory in Vegas until he actually crossed the line.
Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared
NEW YORK (AP) ? The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.
Malaysian plane presumed crashed; questions over false IDs
By Anuradha Raghu and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities. There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER would have vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. "We are not ruling out any possibilities," Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news conference. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane.
Oregon upsets No. 3 Arizona 64-57
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) ? Oregon opened the regular season with a 13-game winning streak. They closed it with seven straight victories.
Family says Texas man on missing Malaysian plane
KELLER, Texas (AP) ? The family of Philip Wood says the IBM employee was on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing over the sea while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
No. 2 Wichita St goes to 33-0, routs Missouri St
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? All those runaway wins, it's hard for unbeaten Wichita State to pick a favorite.
Rand Paul wins conservative conference straw poll
National Harbor (United States) (AFP) - Peering into their political crystal ball, US conservatives gathering at their annual conference Saturday chose Republican Senator Rand Paul as their top pick for president in 2016. It marks the second straight year that the libertarian-leaning Paul, son of former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, won the straw poll at the Conservative Action Political Conference, or CPAC. Paul led the field of 23 candidates and won with 31 percent of the vote, easily defeating another firebrand Tea Party-backed lawmaker, Senator Ted Cruz, who finished second with 11 percent.
US firm says 20 employees on missing Malaysia plane
A Texas semiconductor firm said Saturday that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines jet that has abruptly vanished. Among the Freescale Semiconductor employees aboard Flight MH370 were 12 people from Malaysia and another eight from China, president and CEO Gregg Lowe said. "At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," he added in a statement. Rescuers were still hunting for the whereabouts of the twin-engine plane that was carrying 239 people aboard as it traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than 24 hours after it slipped off radar screens somewhere between Malaysia's east coast and southern Vietnam, triggering an international search effort.
Rand Paul wins again in conservative Republican poll
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky came out the favorite for the second straight year among Republican conservative activists voting for the candidate they would like to see in the White House next. Paul, a potential 2016 White House contender, won 31 percent in the annual straw poll taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference. His closest competitors were Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with 11 percent, and conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 9 percent.
NASCAR's changes get 1.5-mile test in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? NASCAR is about to start finding out whether its offseason changes will pay off on tracks like Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
No. 11 Louisville blows out No. 19 UConn 81-48
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ? Russ Smith really didn't care about being top scorer in his home finale with Louisville because passing to open teammates was the better choice.
Olympic champion Shiffrin wins WCup slalom title
ARE, Sweden (AP) ? American Mikaela Shiffrin retained her World Cup slalom title on Saturday, adding to her Sochi Olympics gold medal in the discipline just five days before her 19th birthday.
Talk radio reels them in at US conservative confab
National Harbor (United States) (AFP) - When onservative radio host Dana Loesch takes to the airwaves with Republican White House hopefuls, the exchanges bear little resemblance to mainstream media interviews like those on CNN or NBC. "You brought the house down!" she told a beaming Texas Governor Rick Perry on The Dana Show, broadcasting live Friday from "Radio Row" at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Perry received a standing ovation from thousands of attendees minutes earlier. "It was fun," he told Loesch's listeners. When politicians address CPAC, they are kissing the ring of conservatives here to size up potential candidates who can best translate their vision into action in Washington.
No. 16 Iowa State rallies past OSU 85-81 in OT
AMES, Iowa (AP) ? The sight of Naz Long with the ball in his hands and the game on the line might haunt Oklahoma State for years to come.
Hilliard leads No. 6 Villanova past Georgetown
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Villanova coach Jay Wright believed his Wildcats had a chance to be good this season, thanks to the players' chemistry. He just didn't expect them to be this good.
Tiger leaps into hunt at Doral with sizzling 66
Top-ranked Tiger Woods fired a six-under par 66, the low round of the week at the Cadillac Championship, to charge into contention Saturday at the $9 million World Golf Championships event. Woods stood on one-under 215 after 54 holes, one behind clubhouse leader Jason Dufner during the third round and three off the pace of Patrick Reed, who had five holes to finish.
North Korean-flagged tanker loads oil at seized Libyan port: officials
A North Korean-flagged tanker has started loading oil at a Libyan port seized by rebels in the east of the country, port and oil officials said on Saturday. The Libyan government threatened earlier on Saturday to bomb the vessel if it tried to ship the cargo out of Es Sider port. The rebels want to sell the oil to bypass the government and get a greater share of the country's oil wealth. "The loading has started," a port worker told Reuters.
Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker if it ships oil from rebel port
By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. The oil dispute is just one facet of the deepening turmoil in the North African OPEC member, where the government is struggling to control militias who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but kept their weapons and now challenge state authority. A local television station controlled by protesters showed footage of pro-autonomy rebels holding a lengthy ceremony and slaughtering a camel to celebrate their first oil shipment. The station said the ceremony took place in Es Sider.
California election season starts with Democrats convention
By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Democrats on Saturday vowed to restore their two-thirds majority in the legislature and push their statewide success eastward in an effort to retake a majority in Congress. The pledge at the state's annual Democratic convention came a week after Democrats effectively lost their prized two-thirds majority in the legislature as two state senators were forced to go on leave under criminal indictments or convictions. The convention, which effectively kicks off election season, showcased Democratic stars such as California Governor Jerry Brown and the state's Attorney General Kamala Harris as well as featured former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom party leaders are hoping may be able to return to her old job. Brown, who is running for an unprecedented fourth term in November, said California had been written off for dead and called a failed state, but now it is recovering faster than the rest of the nation.
WikiLeaks' Assange talks NSA, hints at more leaks
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison ? with a more lenient visitor policy.