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Ocean debris left by jet depends on angle, speed

SYDNEY (AP) — Did the missing Malaysian jet plunge into the ocean at a steep angle, leaving virtually no debris on the surface? Did it come in flat, clip a wave and cartwheel into pieces? Or did it break up in midair, sending chunks tumbling down over a wide swath of water?


Japan drugmaker Takeda says will fight $6.0 bn US damages order

Japan's biggest drugs maker Takeda Pharmaceutical said Tuesday it would fight a huge $6.0 billion damages order imposed by a US jury following a trial over the safety of its Actos diabetes medicine. The company said it "respectfully disagrees" with the judgement awarded in the southern state of Louisiana on Monday, which also ordered the firm's co-defendant, US drugs firm Eli Lilly, to pay $3.0 billion in damages. The issue at the trial, which began in February, was whether the drug could be blamed for bladder cancer in a plaintiff who was taking the medicine, and whether the firm knew about those risks. "We believe the evidence did not support a finding that Actos caused (the plaintiff's) bladder cancer.


Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

LONDON (AP) — Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.


FINALS WATCH: Father-son routine steals show

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — "Big Rob" and his son, Trey, gave fans at AT&T Stadium one shining moment long before the confetti dropped at the national championship game.


Calif. bill would end SeaWorld killer whale shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.


Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.


Quebec separatist party suffers crushing defeat

MONTREAL (AP) — The Liberal Party won Quebec's legislative elections Monday, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party and major setback for the cause of independence in the French-speaking province.


Napier, UConn holding 2nd half lead on Kentucky

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored 19 points, Ryan Boatright had 12 and Connecticut was up 48-45 over freshman-laden Kentucky in the second half after leading by double digits before halftime of the championship game Monday night.


FINALS WATCH: Wall, Allen take in title game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A huge cheer arose from the Kentucky student section for John Wall as if the guard was making his way pregame through Rupp Arena.


Sub hunting for source of 'pings' in plane search

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Search crews were for the first time sending a sub deep into the Indian Ocean to try and determine whether faint sounds detected by equipment on board an Australian ship are from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's black boxes, Australia's acting prime minister said Tuesday.


Senate passes jobless bill, but chances slimmer in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.


Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25

LONDON (AP) — Model and media personality Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and member of a talented, troubled family who grew up in the glare of Britain's tabloid press, was found dead Monday at age 25.


Army: Fort Hood suspect had requested leave

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Investigators say the rampage that left three dead and 16 wounded last week at Fort Hood was related to the shooter's request for leave from the Army post.


Senate approves jobless-benefits bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation to renew a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired last December.


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