Lost at Sea: Wall Street Journal: "Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was lost in the southern Indian Ocean, authorities said, offering some of the first definitive information about what happened to the jet after it went missing more than two weeks ago. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, based on new analysis of satellite data, putting it far away from any possible landing sites. ... The announcement that the Boeing 777-200 went down in some of the world's roughest seas came hours after Australia said its navy was investigating two floating objects spotted some 2,500 kilometers southwest of the city of Perth. ... Mr. Najib said he had been briefed by the U.K.'s Air Accidents Investigation Branch on new analysis of data from Inmarsat.... The data were submitted to 'a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort' to allow experts to conclude that the plane flew south and that its last known position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the statement said."
What's Next: USA Today: "It may be many years before any answers emerge on how 239 passengers and crewmembers died in the accident. Aviation experts say it may take months to years to recover wreckage and the cockpit voice and flight data recorders of the Boeing 777.... It could also take years before an accident report is released with a probable cause. ... Analysis of satellite data is a very preliminary step, and wreckage and the recorders must be recovered before facts are established, says former National Transportation Safety Board accident investigator Al Yurman. ... Once there is positive identification, investigators 'have to backtrack' and find a debris field to determine whether the plane made a controlled or an uncontrolled descent into the ocean, he says. ... [Experts] say the depth of the ocean may make it difficult to recover wreckage, and they expect most or much of the wreckage to go unrecovered. ... The U.S. Navy is moving a black-box locator into the area of the Indian Ocean where searchers are looking for wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines plane, the Department of Defense said Monday. The move 'is a precautionary measure in case a debris field is located,' the department said."
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Make that the G7: New York Times: "President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country. In a joint statement after a two-hour, closed-door meeting of the four largest economies in Europe, along with Japan and Canada, the leaders of the seven nations announced that a summit meeting planned for Sochi, Russia, in June will now be held in Brussels — without Russia’s participation."
O'Hare Train Crash: Reuters: "A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The Chicago Transit Authority train, a mass transit train which ran on electricity, is expected to remain in place for at least a day while investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board try to determine how it jumped a bumper at the end of the line. ... Investigators will review station video of the train arriving and an outward-facing video recorder at the front of the electrified 'L' train, along with signals and the train's condition, [NTSB investigator Tim DePaepe told a news conference.]"
Weiner!: National Journal: "Anthony Weiner isn't done lurking on your computer screen. This time, the failed New York City mayoral candidate and incorrigible sexter will be a monthly columnist for Business Insider. The column—titled Weiner!—will run on the last Friday of each month, Business Insider's Hunter Walker informs us. It will be imbued with Weiner's "unique insider perspective." The debut of Weiner! on March 28 will mark the second move in the former lawmaker's predictable if inadvisable comeback-narrative post-mayoral candidacy. The first was a cameo in Garry Trudeau's Amazon comedy Alpha House, the latest in a long string of political satires mocking life in Washington. ... Weiner follows in the footsteps of Eliot Spitzer, who opted to reenter public life in late 2008 by writing a quasi-regular column for Slate."
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