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[March 15, 2014]

NATIONAL Audio 4:30 a.m. ET

(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) 27 - (Malaysia-Plane) UNDATED. x--19s. The prime minister of Malaysia says the disappearance of a jetliner a week ago was no accident -- it was deliberate. Najib Razak says communications from the Boeing Triple-7 were deliberately disabled. Najib says the investigation will now focus on who may have taken control of the jet and why. More on that from A-B-C's aviation consultant John Nance.


(``...that we're seeing.'') (SOURCE:ABC) (430a) TAG: Malaysia's prime minister says the last signal from the plane came more than seven hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean.

28 - (AS-Malaysia-Plane) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. x--21s. Malaysia's prime minister says investigators know the missing Malaysia airliner's communications were disabled deliberately. At a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Najib Razak said search operations in the South China Sea have ended -- and the last satellite communication with the plane was in one of two corridors on land and sea where the search will now focus. The B-B-C's Southeast Asia Correspondent Jonah Fisher in Kuala Lumpur tells us families of the passengers don't know what to think.

(``...happened here.'') (SOURCE:ABC) (a) TAG: The jet vanished a week ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard -- including two Canadians.

29 - (AS-Malaysia-Plane) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. x--13s. Malaysia`s prime minister says investigators now know that the missing Malaysian airliner's communications were deliberately disabled -- and they also know the jet turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew across Malaysia. Razak says even though it appears the actions were deliberate on the plane, investigators are still looking at many different possibilities for its disappearance.

(``...all possibilities.'') (SOURCE:The Associated Press) (a) TAG: An official involved in the investigation had earlier said that investigators had concluded the jet had been hijacked.

30 - (Harper-Ukraine) OTTAWA. x--22s. Prime Minister Harper will visit Ukraine a week from today, in the aftermath of tomorrow's referendum in Crimea. Russia is giving Crimeans two options -- join Russia or become independent of Ukraine. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is re-iterating that Canada won't recognize the referendum and hopes Harper's visit will send a clear message to Moscow.

(``...of Ukraine.'') (SOURCE: The Canadian Press) (refeed from 545p) (430a) TAG: Harper was already going to be in Europe to attend a nuclear conference in the Hague and next Saturday's Ukraine visit will come just before that conference.

31 - (Elxn-Que) VAL D'OR, Que. x--23s. Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard (Koo-yahr') says if his party wins the April 7th election, he'll work to ensure that Quebec's distinctiveness is recognized in any constitutional talks. Couillard, however, says that during his travels across Canada, his first message will be about the economy and jobs.

("...even a better country.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press) (refeed from 545p) (430a) TAG: The last time efforts were made to get Quebec into the constitution was in the late 1980s with the Meech Lake constitutional accord under then-prime minister Brian Mulroney. But that deal failed.

32 - (AF-Pistorius-Trial) PRETORIA, South Africa. x--15s. A former police officer who was once in charge of the Oscar Pistorius murder case took the stand at his trial yesterday saying his officers mishandled evidence at the scene. A-B-C's Matt Gutman -- in Pretoria, South Africa -- says that officer also described what Pistorius looked like in the minutes after he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

(``...last year.'') (SOURCE:ABC) (430a) TAG: Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder in Steenkamp's killing.

33 - (US-Babys-Nose-Bitten) UNDATED. x--30s. (Daria Albinger) A teenage father in Fairfield, California is in trouble with the law -- accused in a horrific crime. A-B-C's Daria Albinger explains. (WA) (SOURCE:ABC) (430a) (c) 2014 The Canadian Press

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