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world lead

April 8th, 2014
09:44 PM ET

Flight 370 passenger's partner: I've stopped listening to Malaysian government

(CNN) – It's been 33 days since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but for those left behind, time has in many ways stood still.

Sarah Bajc's partner, Texas native Phillip Wood, was a passenger on the flight. She says she keeps up with the investigative reports into the missing plane, but "stopped looking at ... government-provided information because it's all proven to be wrong so far."

The Beijing expatriate continues to hold out hope she will see her partner again.

"I'm convinced he's still alive because I still feel him, and because there's absolutely no evidence to tell me contrary," Bajc said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The contradictory data and lack of physical evidence "means the plane can still be in tact, and the people can still be alive," says Bajc.

"My heart and my head are telling me that that is a very real possibility," said Bajc.

Watch more of our interview with Sarah Bajc in the video above.

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April 8th, 2014
09:17 PM ET

Search for Flight 370: Keeping 'most promising lead' alive

(CNN) – As day breaks in the search zone for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, crews are once again narrowing their search area from the previous day.

They are using every aircraft, ship, and gadget they can deploy – including Australian ship Ocean Shield, which is carrying an advanced pinger-locator from the U.S. Navy.

That ship picked up what could have been two separate signals from the black boxes. But those pings have not been heard since.

And there's a very real danger that the batteries on the pingers are out of power.

CNN's René Marsh reports crews are in a frantic race to keep alive their most promising lead yet.

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April 8th, 2014
07:47 PM ET

Rubio: Flap over Jeb Bush immigration comments 'casts a light on what a difficult issue it is'

(CNN) – On Sunday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush said.

Many conservatives have criticized the comments.

"It casts a light on what a difficult issue it is," Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"There's rule of law issues that are implicated, but there's also a humanitarian aspect of it. Balancing those is very difficult," said Rubio.

For more of our interview with Sen. Marco Rubio, click the video above.

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April 8th, 2014
07:35 PM ET

Rubio on men staffers in his office averaging higher salaries than women

(CNN) – President Obama signed two executive actions Tuesday aimed at strengthening existing equal pay laws.

Both actions could make it easier for some workers to find out how much their colleagues are making, and as a result, whether or not they are being compensated fairly. The move would also increase penalties against federal contractors who discipline workers for talking about pay.

Obama is also pushing Congress to pass a bill aimed at preventing the same kind of retaliation across the board.

"The proposals before the Senate now are really geared toward making it easier to sue an employer," Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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April 8th, 2014
07:19 PM ET

Ukrainian police: Pro-Russia demonstrators holding people hostage

(CNN) – Ukraine faces threats from within and without. Outside, Russia President Vladimir Putin is amassing up to 40,000 Russian troops near the border. Inside, pro-Russia protesters are tearing at the seams of Ukraine's fledgling government.

Ukraine's security service claims pro-Russia demonstrators are holding 60 people hostage and have wired explosives inside a Ukrainian government building they seized in Luhansk.

The protesters, however, deny all of that, according to Reuters.

Who to believe?
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