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Missing plane's black box batteries may have died

Published Apr. 14, 2014


Airliner's black box batteries may have died

The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner continued to focus today on a search for weakening radio signals from deep beneath the ocean despite mounting evidence that the batteries in the plane's black boxes may finally have died. Following four strong underwater signals earlier this month, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. The search coordination center said early today that no new electronic pings have been detected since Tuesday by an Australian ship dragging a U.S. Navy device that listens for flight recorder signals. Once officials are confident that no more sounds will be heard, a robotic submersible will be sent down to the floor of the southern Indian Ocean to scour for wreckage at a walking pace. But the center said the Australian ship would continue the signal hunt today, along with a British warship and an Australian P-3 Orion plane. The warship and the plane have sophisticated acoustic detection equipment.

Cape Canaveral

NASA says launch of supply ship set

NASA is pressing ahead with today's planned launch of a supply ship despite a computer outage at the International Space Station, saying the situation is safe. Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, already a month late in delivering 2 tons of cargo. "We're good to go," space station program manager Mike Suffredini said. Good weather is forecast for the 4:58 p.m. launch.

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Woman held after 7 bodies are found

A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home south of Salt Lake City until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, police said. Investigators declined to comment on a motive and what Huntsman said during an interview with investigators.

Red Bluff, Calif.

No evidence of fire before bus was hit

Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are not ruling out a pre-impact fire, but a fire expert did not find evidence of flames as the truck crossed a median, sideswiped a car and struck the bus on Thursday.


Syria: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a village in Syria were so far unsubstantiated, and that the United States was trying to establish what happened before it considers a response.

Times wires