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Officials overseeing the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say they are shifting the focus nearly 700 miles to the northeast, as radar data suggests the plane flew faster than thought and used up more fuel, which may have cut the distance it traveled.

Authorities have recovered the bodies of five Alabamians who were killed when a single-engine plane flying from Gadsden crashed into a Colorado reservoir. The victims and wreckage were recovered yesterday.

The family of 16-year-old Brittany Ann Hood is requesting help in locating the missing teen. She was last seen more than a week ago, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Hood is 5 feet, eight inches tall and weighs around 260 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at 205-367-2000.

The three Alabamians moved ahead in “American Idol” last night. There are now 8 left in the competition.

The Northport Police Department is seeking help in identifying three black males who robbed a business in the 500 block of Bridge Avenue Wednesday night. They were armed with handguns and fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information may call 205-339-6600 or Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.

More than 30 Alabama towns will be participating next month in the April Walking Tours program, which includes tours of historic districts and courthouse squares.

Authorities in Washington State are preparing for a formal announcement raising the mudslide death toll above the official number of 17 after previously acknowledging at least another nine bodies had been located but not yet recovered. There are still 90 people named on the list of the missing.

A new Associated Press-GfK survey finds that only 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. However, only 13 percent think it will be repealed.

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