CANBERRA, Australia – The massive undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis, only weeks before the multimillion-dollar, yearlong sonar hunt for wreckage is due to begin, officials said Thursday.
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said analysis of a failed attempted satellite phone call from Malaysia Airlines to Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, suggests to us that the aircraft might have turned south a little earlier than we had previously expected.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan said he would meet with international experts next week to decide whether the 23,000-square-mile targeted search area should be extended or shifted farther south based on the new analysis.
Fighter pilot killed in mountain crash
The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.
Col. James Keefe said his thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pilot. The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
Oklahoma loses ed spending power
President Barack Obama’s administration stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core.
The U.S. Department of Education said it was hitting Oklahoma with the sanction under the No Child Left Behind Act because the state could no longer demonstrate that its school standards were preparing students for college and careers.
The Republican-dominated Oklahoma legislature voted this year to ditch Common Core, a national benchmark for what students should learn that has been adopted in more than 40 states. GOP Gov. Mary Fallin signed the measure into law and Oklahoma will revert to weaker standards in place in 2010.
Ferguson protesters file federal lawsuit
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The five plaintiffs in the suit in St. Louis include a clinical social worker who said she and her 17-year-old son were roughed up and arrested after not evacuating a McDonald’s quickly enough. They also include a 23-year-old man who said he was shot multiple times with rubber bullets and called racial slurs by police while walking through the protest zone, and a man who said he was arrested for filming the disturbances.
Database initiative for food additives
The nation’s largest food industry trade group said Wednesday it will roll out a series of initiatives to address growing concerns among consumers and the Food and Drug Administration about the safety of chemicals that often are secretly added to food with no vetting by the federal government.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association said it will create a database of food additives – including chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents – along with the scientific findings companies have made to determine the substances are Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS. The database will not be available to the public, but the FDA will be granted access.
Air ambulance crash kills all four aboard
An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.
The aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police.