MALAYSIA

Robotic sub searches again for missing jet

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine began its second 20-hour underwater mission on Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said.

The unmanned sub is programmed to hover 100 feet above the seabed, but it started searching atop a patch that was deeper than the sub's maximum operating depth of 15,000 feet, the search coordination center and the U.S. Navy said.

A built-in safety feature returned the Bluefin to the surface and it was not damaged, they said. - AP
MEXICO

Militias get deadline

The Mexican government has set a date for the self-defense militias in the troubled western state of Michoacan to dissolve and account for their weapons, a move that doesn't necessarily signal the end of the vigilante movement. Alfredo Castillo, the administration's point-man for Michoacan state, said in a series of interviews Tuesday that the militias had agreed to disband by May 10. - L.A. Times

CANADA

Five fatally stabbed

The son of a long-serving member of Calgary's police force was arrested Tuesday after five people at a house party were stabbed to death in the worst mass murder in the city's history, Calgary's police chief said. Three men were found dead at the scene and a man and a woman died in hospital after the attack at an off-campus party to celebrate the end of the university term. - Reuters