DigestApr 3, 2014 The Associated Press
Malaysian PM: 'We will not give up'
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday the search for the missing jetliner will not stop until answers are found, as his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott called it "the most difficult in human history."
Prime Minister Najib Razak met with Abbott at the Australian base near Perth that is serving as the hub for the multinational effort and was briefed by Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean.
No trace of the Boeing 777 has been found nearly a month after it vanished in the early hours of March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
"It is a very difficult search -- the most difficult in human history. But as far as Australia is concerned, we are throwing everything we have at it," Abbott told reporters.
Although Australia is coordinating the ocean search, the investigation into the tragedy ultimately remains Malaysia's responsibility. On Thursday, Najib said Australia had agreed to act as an "accredited representative in the investigation," and would be working with Malaysia to draw up a comprehensive agreement on the search.
Big aftershock on Chile coast
IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) -- Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.
After the 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck just before midnight Wednesday, Chile's Emergency Office and navy issued a tsunami alert and ordered a precautionary evacuation of low-lying areas for the country's whole 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) Pacific coastline.
Among those moved inland was President Michelle Bachelet, who was in the city of Arica assessing damage in the north from Tuesday night's powerful quake.
"I was evacuated like all citizens. One can see that the people are prepared," she tweeted early Thursday.
Chile's evacuation order was lifted at around 2 a.m. Thursday. The whole coast also was evacuated for several hours after Tuesday's quake, and for the night in the north, although the tsunami proved small.
House moves against health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are launching a new attack on the president's health care law, just days after the law beat expectations by signing up more than 7 million Americans.
The House GOP scheduled a vote Thursday to change the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. The result would be that fewer workers would get employer-sponsored health coverage.
Republicans say the change would give relief to businesses that have to cover full-time workers or pay a fine. They seized on a recent report saying the law will lead workers to cut their hours or leave the workforce.
Democrats say "Obamacare" is starting to work.
The vote offers an early test of whether the law's sign-up success will strengthen Democratic unity.