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March 21st, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Families of missing torn between grief and hope

(CNN) – The disappearance of Flight 370 has captivated the world, but we can never lose sight of the fact that the 239 people on board that plane are not some characters in a mystery.

They are mothers, sons, husbands and grandparents.

Some were taking just another routine flight, and some boarded the plane in Kuala Lumpur looking forward to the trip of a lifetime.

Read: Lives, not numbers: Snapshots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers

The family members of these passengers and crew members have been left in emotional limbo. While it may seem increasingly unlikely that they will ever see their loved ones again, who could blame them for hanging on to hope?

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere explains the hope and grieving process these families face in the video above.

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March 21st, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Malaysians slow to act on critical plane lead?

(CNN) – Two full weeks have ticked by, but time is still very much of the essence in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Which makes it all the more puzzling, that four days had to pass before Malaysian officials acted on rock-solid satellite data showing the plane was – in all likelihood – nowhere near the original search area.

Could the delay have been enough to make the difference between life and death for those 239 passengers on board?

CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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March 21st, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Report: All of plane's last messages revealed

(CNN) – The Telegraph reported Friday it had obtained the transcript documenting the back-and-forth between the cockpit and ground control from taxiing in Kuala Lumpur to the final message of "All right, good night."

The Telegraph told CNN that the alleged transcript appears to be technical. One unexplained feature, according to the British newspaper, is a call made minutes before the final message, in which someone in the cockpit said the aircraft was at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet - something that had been done just six minutes earlier.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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March 21st, 2014
04:00 PM ET

First on CNN: Intelligence from field has White House 'very concerned' about Russia invading more of Ukraine – possibly soon

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

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