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Investigators are looking into the possibility that someone on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight purposely plotted a course that avoided all radar spots, and maybe even landed undetected. A security consultant and former FBI special agent told CNN it’s the type of thing we did when we went after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. However, other experts say flying low to avoid radar for a long period of time is incredibly hard, and landing would have required a long runway and refueling options.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

A third person has died as a result of the crash at South by Southwest. 26-year-old Sandy Thuy Le had been in critical condition after she was struck by the car that was fleeing police. Five people are still in hospital.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/3rd-person-dies-south-southwest-crash-22942401

 

General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vans, sedans, and SUVS for faulty brakes, air bags and seat belts. This is coming after GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles last month for faulty ignition switches.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-17/gm-reports-3-more-recalls-redoubles-safety-efforts.html

Recalled vehicles:

Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans (2009-2014: to rework instrument-panel material)

Cadillac XTS sedans (2013-2014: brake-booster pump could lead to engine-compartment fires, and several sport-utility vehicle models in which the side-impact restraints may not deploy if the Service Air Bag warning light is ignored)

Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia (2008-2013)

Chevrolet Traverse (2009-2013)

Saturn Outlook (2008-2010)

 

Fashion designer, stylist, and Mick Jagger’s partner for over a decade L’Wren Scott was found dead from an apparent suicide. She texted her assistant yesterday morning to “come by,” and when the assistant showed up, L’Wren was dead in the living room of her Chelsea apartment. She had styled and designed for Madonna, Christina Hendricks, and Allison Williams, and also designed a more affordable line for Banana Republic. The Rolling Stones have called off their Australian show tomorrow night.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/lwren-scott-designer-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

Did you guys catch the Ralph Lauren Friends and Family discount code that was leaked online? It went viral on Twitter. Don’t look for it now; it’s been deactivated. But not before people ordered, like, $5,700 chandeliers. Those huge orders were canceled, but a source inside the company said if customers selected overnight shipping and their order hasn’t yet been canceled, it will probably be delivered.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sapna/ralph-lauren-will-honor-most-customer-orders-after-65-off-em

 

And a new study is looking to explore whether or not chocolate will soon be prescribed to people to help them live more healthful lives. It’s sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Mars, Inc. It explores the benefits of flavanols in cocoa. (Those are the things that make dark chocolate “good” for you.)

http://www.refinery29.com/2014/03/64577/chocolate-pills

 

And a pastor in Florida has to pay up after he jokingly offered to pay for church members’ tattoos. Pastor Zack Zehnder made an off-hand comment during a sermon that if anyone wanted to get a tattoo of their church’s cross logo, he’d fund it. He didn’t really think anyone would go for it, but so far, at least a dozen parishioners have gotten tattoos.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/pastor-has-to-pay-up-after-joking-offer-to-fund-congregation’s-tattoos-213354229.html

 

And there’s a new social media site that helps you avoid people. It’s called Cloak, and it syncs up to your Instagram and Foursquare account. Then, it maps out where your friends are based on their most recent check-ins, so you know where NOT to go. Also, you can flag certain people you hate the most, so you get an alert when they’re within a certain radius of you. One of the creators, Chris Baker, said, “Personally, I think we’ve seen the crest of the big social network. Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together … I think anti-social stuff is on the rise. You’ll be seeing more and more of these types of projects.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/03/17/meet-cloak-the-antisocial-network-that-helps-you-avoid-people/

 

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