North Korea's state media confirmed a 100 percent for leader Kim Jong Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election. Every single registered elector had turned out to vote, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans."The nation was "seething with election atmosphere" on polling day, according to a headline on KCNA's English-language website. Illustrating the excitable mood, the agency distributed a photo of soldiers dancing in the streets after casting their ballots.
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With time, wind and the current not on their side, searchers have few clues as they struggle to find the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. "In other crashes, you might have good radar contact and see the altitude drop and drop until it crashes," Commander Williams Marks told NBC News from the U.S.S. Blue Ridge in the South China Sea, where his U.S. fleet is helping to search. "This one just kind of disappeared." Authorities are not sure why the plane disappeared from radar, and in their search, the U.S. Seventh Fleet is coordinating with the Malaysian government and other national governments to comb two areas in the Gulf of Thailand, where the ship was last spotted on radar, and the Strait of Malacca, where the plane might have turned around. "There is a sense of pressure," Marks said. "Time is not on our side. But this is what we trained for and we will do it for as long as we are needed."
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Shares of Chicago-based Boeing were down more than two percent in Monday morning trading, the first business day after one of its aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea.
As of midday, shares of Boeing were down $3.24 to $125.31.
It's been nearly three days since a Malaysia Airlines'-branded Boeing 777-200 vanished with 239 people on board. Despite an intense, international search, authorities still have not found any wreckage of the aircraft.
The Boeing 777 is regarded as one of the industry's safest planes. The National Transportation Safety Board has logged fewer than 60 incidents involving the aircraft since mid-1997, most of them minor.
"Taken" star Liam Neeson took on the role of activist Sunday, touring one of Manhattan's stables in support of the city's maligned horse-drawn carriage industry. “I know some of the drivers and I’ve seen the joy these tourists get,” Neeson said at Clinton Park Stables. “We can’t put a dollar amount on what that does for the tourist industry.” The “Non-Stop” actor went on to say that the horses are all well cared for and shouldn’t be replaced with electric cars, calling the carriages a “connection with our history.” Neeson came out late last month
against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to replace the horses near Central Park with replica antique electric cars.
The owner of a lavish Long Island wedding venue shot last month on the sprawling grounds of his mansion released a video statement Monday thanking supporters and saying he is making progress on recovering from his wounds.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has led hundreds of people on a march to the state Capitol to protest Florida's "stand your ground'' law. Trayvon Martin's father also joined in the event. Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it's necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm. Marchers planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committee meetings later Monday.
Pizza restaurant chain Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, reported Reuters. For the second time in less than three years Sbarro and more than 30 affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. The Melville, New York-based company has between $100 million and $500 million in both assets and liabilities, according to court papers. Moody's Investors Service in January said Sbarro has also struggled with high food, labor and occupancy costs. The company had previously filed for protection from creditors in April 2011, and emerged from Chapter 11 the following November.
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that it would not take on the case involving the Easton Area School District's desired ban on the "I (heart) boobies!" cancer awareness bracelets.
NBC News' Pete Williams said that the top court declined to rule on a lower court's motion that supported student's rights to wear the bracelets.
In August, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the "I (heart) boobies!" slogan is protected by the First Amendment. But the school district appealed to the Supreme Court arguing the federal appeals court misapplied previous cases when it made its decision.
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a South Philly native and World War II vet who was portrayed on the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” died Saturday at age 90. Guarnere was a non-commissioned officer with the legendary Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. In 2007, Guarnere wrote the national best-seller "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story" with fellow unit member and Philly native Edward “Babe” Heffron as well as journalist Robyn Post. Heffron died last December, also at the age of 90.
The Peruvian government has ruled the Dutchman suspected of murdering teenager Natalee Holloway will not be extradited to the United States to face trial for another 26 years, reported NBC News. Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 death of the Alabama teen in Aruba is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian jail for another murder - and will not be sent to the U.S. until he serves his whole term, according to a government ruling published in Peru's state newspaper, El Peruano on Sunday. Van der Sloot has not been charged with murder in Holloway's case. Instead U.S. prosecutors have indicted him on counts of extortion and fraud, alleging he accepted $25,000 from Holloway's mother for false information he said would lead a lawyer to the body, which has never been found.
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The brothers of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea said Sunday their family is leaning on faith and holding out hope for good news about the man they last saw about a week ago.
"God is getting us through this," said Philip Wood's brother Tom. "People need God. We all need God."
Wood, an IBM executive who had been working in Beijing over the past two years, had recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Communities along the Rio Grande see potential to win back some of the tourists and revitalize an industry that has gone dormant since drug cartel violence erupted south of the border. A new tourism director in Matamoros is pouring $2 million into luring Mexican visitors for Holy Week in April, with an eye toward implementing a similar plan next year that would focus on spring breakers who flock to South Padre Island, Texas. The city previously attracted thousands of spring breakers from South Padre Island for the "Two Nation Vacation," but the number of such visitors began dwindling in 2005 as drug violence started making international headlines and U.S. authorities later began warning against traveling into northern Mexico. By 2010, it became rare to see a young American vacationer visiting this city's tourist district.
Animals in Ukraine are also in crisis.
The director of Kharkiv Zoo in northeast Ukraine warned Friday that their animals could start dying as a result of a food shortage due to lack of funds triggered by the surrounding political unrest.
"Our animals are not fighting for power, they do not share anyone's political views, they just want to live," the zoo said in a statement on its website, according to the Agence France-Presse.
A Western Pennsylvania woman is believed to be among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
Mei Ling Chng, a process engineer at the Eastman Chemical Plant in Monongahela, was listed as a passenger on Flight MH370 that went missing early Saturday morning between Malaysia and Vietnam, the Eastman Chemical Company confirmed to NBC10.com.
"All of us at Eastman are deeply shocked and saddened by this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of those on the flight and especially to the family of our friend and co-worker," Eastman spokeswoman Tracy Kilgore said in a statement.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Chng’s uncle Koon Chim Wa said his niece was headed back to the United States when the plane went missing.