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Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's black boxes, Australia's prime minister said Friday.

Australian PM says searchers confident of position of MH370's black boxes

By Swati Pandey and John Ruwitch PERTH/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. "Still, confidence in the approximate position of the black box is not the same as recovering wreckage from almost four and a half kilometers beneath the sea or finally determining all that happened on the flight." The mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared more than a month ago, has sparked the most expensive search and rescue operation in aviation history. The search was focusing on a small patch of the Indian Ocean on Friday, after the latest "ping" seemed to lend credence to four previous "pings" detected by a U.S. Navy "Towed Pinger Locator" (TPL) towed by Australia's Ocean Shield vessel. But Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency supervising the search effort, said on Friday that analysis of acoustic data confirmed that the latest signal was unlikely to be related to the missing plane's black boxes.

Driver in deadly Fla. day care crash in custody

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the surrender of a driver blamed in a deadly crash at a day care that injured 14 and killed a 4-year-old girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack.

Who is Stephen Colbert, really?

When CBS announced Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s successor on the “Late Show,” speculation immediately surfaced over what that meant.  Mr. Colbert quickly answered the question with a  release through his publicist, stating, “I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. But the question now is: Will his core fans – passionate members of the Colbert nation, a cohort that skews younger than the 50-year-old Colbert and one that CBS dearly wants to woo – be as eager to find out as well? “CBS is taking an incredible risk,” says Paul Levinson, a professor at Fordham University in New York and author of “New New Media.” “The only reason Colbert is successful and people love him is because they love the satirical character he plays on Comedy Central.”

5 charged after FBI rescue of NC prosecutor's father

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang.

Statewide manhunt for suspect in fatal Fla. day care crash

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — As mourners trickled by Thursday to honor the 4-year-old girl who was killed and 14 others injured in a crash at a Florida daycare center, authorities scoured the state for the driver they said fled in the vehicle that caused the fatal wreck.

Pistorius admits 'no reason' to fire fatal shots

In a pummelling cross-examination, the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius's account of killing his girlfriend "impossible" on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. "Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it's reasonably, possibly true it's so impossible," Prosecutor Gerrie Nel thundered during his second day interrogating the Olympian. Under intense questioning, Pistorius said police moved fans, put the duvet on the floor and opened the curtains when they came to his villa, implying they had tampered with the crime scene.

Possible fifth ping heard in Malaysia jet search

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft Thursday detected what may be the fifth signal coming from a man-made device deep in the Indian Ocean, adding to hopes that searchers will soon pinpoint the object's location and send down a robotic vehicle to confirm if it is a black box from the missing Malaysian jet.