- US Dept. of State
- John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the patio at the US Ambassador's Residence in London today. That thing in the background is not a grill, it's a ping-pong table.
The Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane May Have Been Hijacked or Sabotaged: "Flight MH370 may have been deliberately flown west towards the Andaman Islands after it last made contact with air traffic control nearly one week ago, military radar-trafficking evidence now suggests." While this seems wholly unsurprising, it is being called "a dramatic twist"—maybe for the movie that gets made about it eventually. Here's more on how the plane kept pinging its location to satellites during the five hours of flight after it disappeared from radar. Could the passengers still be alive?! Investigators are now looking at "whether the jet may have landed at any point during the five-hour period"... or whether it crashed. If the latter, into the Indian Ocean, how easy will it be to find? Not very easy.
In Less Mysterious Airplane News This Morning: A plane in Philadelphia blew a tire on the runway and skidded to a stop on its nose. It was "chaotic and frightening," and passengers had to wait on the tarmac in the cold, but as of this morning, some of them have arrived safely at their original destination, Fort Lauderdale, where they can warm up.
More Fatalities in Ukraine: Tensions grow, Russia issues an ominous warning, John Kerry is in London meeting the Russian foreign minister today as he tries to halt Crimea referendum. Sanctions are on the table... but "Western diplomats expressed little optimism ahead of the London talks." (UPDATE: pictured above.)
Police on Drunk-Driving Detail Chased South by Southwest Driver: First one officer tried to stop the car, but it took off the wrong way down a one-way street, then through police barricades, through the entertainment district, hitting a moped, a taxi, a bicyclist, and a van, with police still in pursuit. The suspect, an aspiring music producer named Rashad Charjuan Owens, fled on foot; he now faces two counts of capital murder. In the end, "the bicyclist, who was an employee of a music company in the Netherlands, and an Austin woman who worked as a sales clerk at a local boutique, were dead." Twenty-three others were injured, with five still in critical condition. A witness says: "I saw bodies fly into the air, and there was blood and it was unbelievable." Don't drive drunk. Don't let anyone else get behind the wheel drunk. DON'T.
McDonald's Accused of Stealing Wages from the Workers It Suggested Get on Food Stamps: Workers in three states are suing franchise owners, the company, and Ronald McDonald, alleging that "the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed," including being made to wait to clock in, being denied breaks, and "altered pay records." Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing to make more workers eligible for overtime and to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
Be Really Happy You Don't Work in I.T. at Target Today: The behemoth retailer got malware warnings before all those credit card numbers were stolen during the holidays, but somehow nobody did anything. Whoops.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah Beats Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch: The Nigerian author wins the US National Book Critics Circle award. Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial about the aftermath Hurricane Katrina wins for nonfiction prize. We will see what Paul Constant has to say about this later.
Saints' Sproles Traded to Eagles: This American football player is described as "the diminutive but explosive running back," which must give him trouble with the TSA.