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(CNN) – The pro-Russian government of Ukraine's southeastern Crimea region declared independence Tuesday ahead of a scheduled referendum on whether to join Russia, ignoring international warnings that the vote won't be recognized.
It seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to wait things out, hoping this becomes accepted as the new normal. To some, it appears – for now at least – like Putin is winning.
"He's not winning," said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"A couple of weeks ago he had the president of the entire country under his thumb. He had prevented them from joining the EU. Today, he's essentially lost the rest of Ukraine. He's become an international pariah," said Murphy.
(CNN) – New information reveals missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was traveling in the opposite direction of its scheduled path for nearly an hour.
"If there was something so massive – failure of the airplane that caused the transponder to quit along with all the other communications – the crew actually could have thought returning to the airport they departed from was the best course of action," said retired commercial pilot John Ransom.
(CNN) – Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein suggested Tuesday that the CIA violated federal law by secretly pulling classified documents from her panel's computers during a staff probe of the spy agency's controversial detention and interrogation program.
Feinstein said CIA Director John Brennan told her in January that agency personnel searched the computers last year because they believed the panel's investigators might have gained access to materials on an internal review they were not authorized to see.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden also questioned Brennan in January about this issue, asking him bluntly whether the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies to the CIA.
"I would have to look into what that act actually calls for and its applicability to CIA's authorities," Brennan replied at the time.
(CNN) – New information surfaced Tuesday, indicating that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 traveled about an hour off course after its transponder stopped working. But it took four days for that information to emerge from a senior Malaysian Air Force official.
In a world where every move is tracked, how does an airplane just disappear? How is it possible that technology hasn't located this plane yet?
Executive editor for The Daily Beast, and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Noah Shachtman breaks it down for CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
(CNN) – Beyond the mystery, there is at this point what is almost certainly a tragedy for the families of the 239 people on board ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. For them, it's been an agonizing wait for answers.
With days of searching yielding few clues, the frustration is mounting, and hope is giving way to heartache.
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.