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Top Stories: Still No Sign Of Missing Jet; Merkel Presses Putin To Back Down

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours

Death Toll From NYC Explosion Stands At Seven, May Go Higher

'Bodies Went Flying' As Car Tore Through Crowd At SXSW

Book News: Former Factory Worker Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Other stories in the news:

— "Merkel Joins Obama In Pressuring Russia To Back Down On Crimea." (Bloomberg Businessweek)

— "Delhi Gang Rape: Death Penalty For Four Men Upheld." (BBC News)

— "Israel-Gaza Cross-Border Attacks Escalate." (Time)

— "One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing." (Parallels)

— At Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial, Photos Show "Trail Of Blood." (The Associated Press)

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