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world lead

April 7th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Search goes under water for missing Flight 370

(CNN) – Searchers say pulse signals detected in the Indian Ocean provide the best hope so far for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

But the search will be affected by the equipment being used, and the continuing effort to locate a debris field.

CNN safety analyst David Soucie, author of "Why Planes Crash, and David Stupples, professor at City University London, discuss.

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April 7th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Cruz: Washington elites won't be effective at picking GOP nominee

(CNN) – Senator Ted. Cruz, R-Texas, often rubs establishment Republicans the wrong way.

The feeling is mutual.

Speaking on what he views is the path to victory for Republicans, Cruz said, "I don't think Washington elites are going to be very effective picking the nominee."

"I think it's going to be, quite rightly, a decision for the grassroots to make," Cruz said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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April 7th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Different equipment used to detect missing plane's 'pings' affects search area

(CNN) – Two ships have detected some sort of signal or "acoustic event" that has raised hopes over finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But these signals were detected more than 300 miles away from each other.

So where does that leave the search zone, and could the type of equipment used have an impact?

CNN's Tom Foreman explains.

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April 7th, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Race to locate missing plane's signal in ocean

(CNN) – Searchers are under the gun. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's flight data and cockpit voice recorders' pinger batteries are already two days past their required shelf life.

There is no guarantee from this point on how much longer they will last if they have not died already, but here's why authorities are now "cautiously optimistic" – while there's still no wreckage, there was a distinct sound coming from underwater, and searchers are trying to determine if it is Flight 370's black boxes that are calling.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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