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world lead

March 31st, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Analyst: Batteries on 'black boxes' should last longer

(CNN) – The aviation industry should have learned from Air France 447, and made batteries of flight data recorders last longer, says CNN safety analyst David Soucie, author of "Why Planes Crash."

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buried lead

March 31st, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says

(CNN) - Your forecast for the next century: Hotter, drier and hungrier, and the chance to turn down the thermostat is slipping away.

That's the latest conclusion from the United Nations, which urged governments to address the "increasingly clear" threats posed by a warming climate before some options are closed off for good. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that taking steps to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions blamed for rising temperatures could buy more time to adjust to a warmer world.

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politics lead

March 31st, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Analyst: Hard for expectations for Obamacare to get lower

(CNN) – The clock is literally ticking down on the White House website, because it is kind of, sort of, the last day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

But just hours before the midnight enrollment deadline, the glitches were back on HealthCare.gov. The White House said record traffic was to blame, saying there were 1.2 million visits before noon, peaking at 125,000 users at one point.
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March 31st, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines didn't buy computer upgrade that could have aided in search for Flight 370

(CNN) – As searchers scour the Indian Ocean for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, aviation experts are already weighing in on lessons learned from the plane's mysterious disappearance.

Malaysia Air should have invested in a computer upgrade, Swift, that would have provided vital information, and cost just $10/flight, a former Federal Aviation Administration official says.

"Regardless of the (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), it would have provided an essential stream of information," says aviation consultant and former chief of staff for the FAA Michael Goldfarb.

Swift was the same technology Air France investigators used to narrow the search for Air France Flight 447.
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March 31st, 2014
04:31 PM ET

'Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero': Officials revise last words from cockpit

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) - On Monday, Malaysia's Transport Ministry said the final voice transmission from the cockpit of Flight 370 was "Good night Malaysian three seven zero."

That's a departure from earlier language in which Malaysian authorities said the final transmission was "All right, goodnight."

he new language is routine and is not a sign of anything untoward occurring aboard the flight, said CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo.

But she said it does raise questions about how Malaysian officials have handled the investigation.

"Well, it speaks to credibility issues, unfortunately," she said.

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