Jagger posts poignant tribute to late companion L'Wren Scott; Stones cancel tour
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger paid poignant tribute to his late companion, designer L'Wren Scott, on Tuesday, calling her his "lover and best friend" and saying he was struggling to understand why she might have taken her own life.
Jagger posted the message on his Facebook page as the Rolling Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, "14 on Fire," in the wake of Scott's death. The noted fashion designer was found dead Monday in her Manhattan apartment, an apparent suicide.
A report Tuesday in the New York Times shed possible light on Scott's state of mind in recent days. Former Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn, a friend of Scott's, wrote in an essay posted on the paper's website that the designer had been planning to announce on Wednesday that she was closing her business, apparently due to financial troubles. Horyn wrote that she had learned of that development after Scott's death -- and did not say from whom.
On Facebook, Jagger wrote: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
He added: "I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.
What if missing Malaysia plane is never found? Experts and families face unsettling questions
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart's.
Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if the airplane is never found?
Such an outcome, while considered unlikely by many experts, would certainly torment the families of those missing. It would also flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons from the incident if it doesn't know what happened.
While rare nowadays, history is not short of such mysteries -- from the most famous of all, American aviator Earhart, to planes and ships disappearing in the so-called Bermuda Triangle.
"When something like this happens that confounds us, we're offended by it, and we're scared by it," said Ric Gillespie, a former U.S. aviation accident investigator who wrote a book about Earhart's still-unsolved 1937 disappearance over the Pacific Ocean. "We had the illusion of control and it's just been shown to us that oh, folks, you know what? A really big airliner can just vanish. And nobody wants to hear that."
Thailand's military says its radar might have tracked missing Malaysian plane 10 days ago
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Ten days after a Malaysian jetliner disappeared, Thailand's military said Tuesday it saw radar blips that might have been from the missing plane but didn't report it "because we did not pay attention to it."
Search crews from 26 countries, including Thailand, are looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished early March 8 with 239 people aboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Frustration is growing among relatives of those on the plane at the lack of progress in the search.
Aircraft and ships are scouring two giant arcs of territory amounting to the size of Australia -- half of it in the remote waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
Cmdr. William Marks, a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet, said finding the plane was like trying to locate a few people somewhere between New York and California.
Early in the search, Malaysian officials said they suspected the plane backtracked toward the Strait of Malacca, just west of Malaysia. But it took a week for them to confirm Malaysian military radar data suggesting that route.
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1. WHY SOME OF TOP CANCER CENTERS ARE OFF-LIMITS TO AMERICANS
An AP survey finds that many of the best hospitals in the U.S. are not accepting new insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.
Anger and despair compete as Ukraine comes to grips with helplessness over Crimea takeover
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's leadership simmered with a mix of hopelessness and anger at losing Crimea, tempering an influx of eager young men signing up as reservists with the growing certainty that no savior would deliver them from the Russian takeover.
For Ukraine's government in Kiev, it is a crime -- one the inexperienced leaders can do little do address in the face of an overwhelmingly superior military force. But for at least one of the group of people in the new leadership, it is a reality that must be dealt with on practical terms.
"This is theft on an international scale, when under the cover of troops, one country has just come and robbed a part of an independent state," Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
Yatsenyuk's government now has to contend with the immediate complications of an armed confrontation that flared up Tuesday. A Ukrainian military spokesman said a serviceman was killed and another injured when a military facility in Crimea was stormed by armed men. The official said a truck bearing a Russian flag was used in the operation.
Yatsenyuk said the storming showed the dispute "has gone from the political stage to the military through the fault of the Russians."
Rauner leads Dillard in Illinois governor primary; GOP seeks to upend state's political order
CHICAGO (AP) -- Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner led the GOP primary field Tuesday night in his bid for Illinois governor, a signal many voters had embraced a first-time campaign by the multimillionaire who flooded the airwaves with vows to run the Democratic stronghold like a business and curb the influence of government unions.
Eyeing what Republicans say is their best shot at reclaiming the state's top job in more than a decade, Rauner sought to advance to a November matchup with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who easily won his nomination for a second full term.
With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner held a small lead over state Sen. Kirk Dillard. Some votes were still outstanding in suburban Chicago, where statewide races often are decided.
Between Quinn and predecessor Rod Blagojevich, now imprisoned for corruption, Democrats have held the governorship since 2003. But Rauner could present a serious threat, partly due to a massive campaign bank account that already includes more than $6 million of his own money.
For voters across Illinois, the governor's race was shaping up as a potentially transformative battle over union influence, with some voters saying they wanted to break an alliance between organized labor and Democrats, who have long controlled most statewide offices and the Legislature.
Report on response to Los Angeles airport shooting cites major coordination flaws
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles International Airport was ill prepared for a crisis when a gunman ambushed security officers last year, and the emergency response was hindered by communication problems and poor coordination, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report spotlighted flaws in various divisions of the airport and in systems that were in place, but it did not single out individuals responsible for problems.
It also didn't mention that two airport police officers assigned to Terminal 3 were out of position without notifying dispatchers, as required, or discuss a decision months before the shooting to have police officers roam terminals instead of staffing security checkpoints such as the one approached by the attacker.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said a number of issues detailed in the report have been addressed and work will continue on others.
"I expect this airport to take care of this airport," Garcetti said at a news conference. "It is not something where we're going to look for the cavalry to come in and to save us. ... We had a pretty good system, but pretty good isn't good for me."
AP Exclusive: Some top cancer centers have concerns about patients' access under health law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some of America's best cancer hospitals are off-limits to many of the people now signing up for coverage under the nation's new health care program.
Doctors and administrators say they're concerned. So are some state insurance regulators.
An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington's insurance exchange. MD Anderson Cancer Center says it's in less than half of the plans in the Houston area. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is included by two of nine insurers in New York City and has out-of-network agreements with two more.
In all, only four of 19 nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers that responded to AP's survey said patients have access through all the insurance companies in their states' exchanges.
Not too long ago insurance companies would have been vying to offer access to renowned cancer centers, said Dan Mendelson, CEO of the market research firm Avalere Health. Now the focus is on costs.
Investigators examine scene, clear wreckage after deadly news helicopter crash in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, killing both people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.
The chopper was taking off from a helipad on KOMO-TV's roof when it went down at a downtown intersection and hit three vehicles, starting them on fire and spewing burning fuel down the street.
Kristopher Reynolds, a contractor working nearby, said he saw the helicopter lift about 5 feet off the low-rise building before it started to tilt. The chopper looked like it was trying to correct itself when it took a dive.
"Next thing I know, it went into a ball of flames," Reynolds said.
Witnesses also reported hearing unusual noises coming from the helicopter as it took off after refueling, said Dennis Hogenson, deputy regional chief with the National Transportation Safety Board in Seattle. They said the aircraft then rotated before it crashed near the Seattle Center campus, which is home to the Space Needle, restaurants and performing arts centers.
Oklahoma court resets scheduled executions so prison officials can seek supply of lethal drugs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma court on Tuesday rescheduled a pair of executions set for this week and next so state prison officials will have more time to find a supply of drugs for the lethal injections.
The decision came in a lawsuit in which two inmates had sought more information about the drugs that would be used to execute them later this month. The inmates had sought a stay of their executions, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals said that request was moot because the state Department of Corrections doesn't have enough drugs on hand to carry out their death sentences.
"The attorney general's attestations give this court no confidence that the state will be able to procure the necessary drugs before the scheduled executions are carried out," the court wrote.
Oklahoma and other states that have the death penalty have been scrambling for substitute drugs or new sources for drugs for lethal injections after major drugmakers -- many based in Europe with longtime opposition to the death penalty -- stopped selling to prisons and corrections departments.
While the judges didn't rule on the merit of the inmates' stay request, they pushed their executions back a month -- Clayton Lockett to April 22 and Charles Warner to April 29.