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March 8, 2014
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Having found only a 12-mile long oil slick, search crews passed the 24-hour mark in their hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Saturday night.

The United States dispatched a nearby destroyer to aid in the search, which should arrive in the Gulf of Thailand on Sunday. The State Department confirmed three passengers aboard the flight were U.S. citizens, although questions have emerged in regard to the full flight manifest.

Two individuals on the passenger list had actually reported their passports stolen in Thailand, and officials said they have not ruled out a terrorist attack as the cause of the plane’s disappearance. Captain J.F. Joseph, an aviation expert who spoke to TIME on Saturday, said the circumstances are certainly suspect:

The aircraft had not been at altitude long, and that strikes me as very, very odd. It’s too early to say if there was a bomb or terrorist activity, but it lost contact just as it began to level off at 35,000 feet. It would give some indication that what occurred was catastrophic or somewhat instantaneous. [TIME] Sarah Eberspacher

This just in
7:30 a.m. ET

In a gambit to shake up the debt crisis talks last Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras called for a national vote on July 5 to decide whether Greece should accept the terms of its creditors' bailout deal. The move appears to be backfiring.

The dea in question is off the table. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stopped negotiations until after the referendum. The polls are neck and neck. And a Greek court has now announced that the whole thing might be unconstitutional anyway.

On Friday, the 50-person court is slated to hear an appeal alleging that the vote violates Article 44 of the Greek constitution, which bars referendums on “the management of fiscal policy and issues that affect the financial situation of the state." The claimants also argue the question posed to voters is too confusing. The Greek government reportedly doesn't intend to offer a rebuttal in court. Nico Lauricella

Discoveries!
5:51 a.m. ET

Pretty cute for 2,000 years old:

Dated to around the first century AD, this marble dolphin turned up on a recent archaeological dig at Kibbutz Magen, Israel, near the Gaza Strip. It's about 16 inches high, munching a fish, and may once have adorned a larger statue of the ancient Roman god Neptune or goddess Venus, both of whom were frequently depicted with sea motifs. Although the archaeologists found it in the ruins of a Byzantine settlement, they believe it to be Roman. For more on the little guy, head over to The Times of Israel. Nico Lauricella

lost and found
July 2, 2015
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The prequel to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is set to be released on July 14. But controversy about its history — and if Lee, 88, really wants it published at all — has grown thicker already. While the official story holds that Tonja B. Carter, Lee's lawyer, was reviewing an old typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird and happened upon the manuscript for its prequel, Go Set a Watchman, The New York Times has dug up a second, conflicting narrative.

According to the new story, Carter might actually have found the book in 2011, when viewing the contents of Lee's safe-deposit box during a Sotheby's auction house rare books appraisal. In the box, Carter — along with Justin Caldwell, a rare books expert, and Alice Lee, Harper's sister — are said to have discovered a typescript story that looked suspiciously like To Kill a Mockingbird, but clearly wasn't the same.

The other was a typescript of a story that, like Mockingbird, was set in the fictional town of Maycomb and inhabited by the same people. But Mr. Caldwell noticed that the characters were older, and the action set many years later, the person said. After reading about 20 pages and comparing passages to a published copy of Mockingbird for nearly an hour, Mr. Caldwell is said to have realized the differences and told the others in the room that it seemed to be an early version of the novel. [The New York Times]

However, Carter said she had to leave the room and denied she had ever heard of a different manuscript being found that day.

The implications of the second narrative could be hefty, though. While Go Set a Watchman has already rocketed to being the bestselling preorder in the publisher's history, some think that Harper Lee, despite assurances otherwise, might not actually want Mockingbird's prequel published. Adding to the suspicion is the fact that Alice Lee might not have approved of Carter or anyone else publishing the novel. Go Set a Watchman was announced to be released three months after Alice's death. Jeva Lange

medical alert
July 2, 2015
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U.S. health officials revealed Thursday that a Washington woman's recent death from measles marks the first time someone has died from the disease in the country since 2003. While measles is known to be a highly contagious disease, health officials say it is extremely rare to die from it. Though officials are not saying whether the deceased woman was vaccinated, they did say she that her immune system was compromised due to medications she was taking.

Over the last year, measles cases have soared to an all-time high of 644 since the U.S. was declared to be measles-free in 2000. In Washington state alone, there have been 11 reported cases of measles this year — six of which were in a single county. The spike in measles outbreaks, coupled with this recent death, have further sparked debate over the necessity of the MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine, which some believe — without concrete scientific evidence — causes autism in children. Becca Stanek

Boko Haram
July 2, 2015
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Boko Haram extremists disrupted a peaceful night of prayer on Wednesday when they gunned down nearly 100 Muslims in mosques in the northeastern Nigerian town of Kukawa. A government official and a self-defense fighter reported that 97 people, most of whom were men, were killed in the Wednesday night incident as they prayed ahead of breaking fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

While it remains unclear exactly how many mosques were attacked, a senior government official told The Associated Press that the attacks affected several of the town's mosques. Spokesmen are also reporting that the militants broke into homes, killing women and children. Boko Haram attacks on mosques are unfortunately not all that uncommon, as the extremist group considers mosque-goers to be too moderate. Becca Stanek

Here we go again
July 2, 2015
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Today's presidential bid announcement comes from former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who's decided to try his luck against Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley in seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

"Our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us," Webb wrote in the full announcement on his website. A Vietnam veteran who also served as navy secretary under President Reagan, Webb's views can be unpredictable. After the allegedly racially motivated shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, for example, he defended the Confederate flag, instructing his followers on Facebook that they ought to "remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides of the Civil War."

Webb does, however, offer the most progressive stance on drug policies among his peers, having hinted at radical drug reforms when he spoke at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference in Baltimore on Tuesday. Jeva Lange

right to die
July 2, 2015
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A 24-year-old woman in Belgium who suffers from depression has been granted the right to end her own life, The Independent reports. The woman — whose name is only given as "Laura" in her extensive interview with a Belgian newspaper — has suffered from depression since she was a child, and was committed to a psychiatric facility at 21.

"Death feels to me not as a choice. If I had a choice, I would choose a bearable life, but I have done everything and that was unsuccessful," Laura told De Morgen.

Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002; assisted suicides have since spiked to over 1,800 a year. In 2013, Belgium agreed that terminally ill children, too, have a right to die.

In the U.S., "Death with Dignity" laws only exist fully in three states — Washington, Oregon, and Vermont — and the laws are strictly limited to cases in which the individual has a terminal illness. Jeva Lange

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