Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses a conference hosted by the South Carolina Democratic Party in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2014. O'Malley told reporters later he is seriously considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination and will make a decision this spring on whether to enter the race. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up if they might harm the nation.



Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48

FILE - In this June 17, 1994 New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason (14) dunks the ball ahead of Houston Rockets forward Otis Thorpe (33) during the fourth quarter of game five of the NBA Finals in New York. The New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 that Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason's game was grit over glitz, more force than flash.



Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in MarylandBy Steve Holland NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength. Whether the victory for Paul will have long-lasting benefit is unclear since his libertarian views may not have broad appeal in the Republican Party. Paul, a 52-year-old Kentucky Republican, outdistanced most other potential candidates by taking 25.7 percent of the vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering of activists on Washington's outskirts of Washington.



China Feb official PMI shrinks for a second straight month

An employee works at a logistic center in HuaibeiActivity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February on unsteady exports and slowing investment, an official survey showed on Sunday, reinforcing bets that more policy loosening is needed to lift the economy. A separate official services PMI, also released on Sunday, showed growth in the sector accelerated to 53.9, up from 53.7 in January. Accounting for 48 percent of China's $10.2 trillion economy last year, the services sector has weathered the growth downturn better than factories, partly because it depends less on foreign demand. The official PMIs were released shortly after China's central bank cut interest rates late on Saturday, the latest effort to support the world's second-largest economy as its momentum slows and deflation risks rise.





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