Five things to know for your New Day -- Wednesday, March 26, 2014
CNN — (CNN) -- Complex calculations help pinpoint where the Malaysia Airlines jetliner went down. Rescue teams continue their grim search after a deadly Washington state landslide. And next week's Obamacare deadline may get stretched to mid-April.
It's Wednesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
It's going to take time:
Nearly three weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, search teams have little to show for their efforts. Complex calculations based on satellite data indicate about where the Boeing 777 went down, but no debris has been recovered that can be linked to the plane. It's a full-blown international effort. Seven military reconnaissance planes from Australia, China, New Zealand, the United States, Japan and South Korea are combing the waters about 1,500 miles southwest of Australia.
Buried in mud:
A handful of people were miraculously pulled from the wreckage in Washington right after a mountain of mud rolled over two towns there Saturday. But no one has been found alive since, and the grim toll rises by the day. At least 16 have been confirmed dead. And today, rescuers will work to salvage another eight bodies they believe they have found under rubble of the landslide that covers about a square mile. At least 176 people are unaccounted for. But officials think some of the names of the missing have been duplicated, so they're hoping the actual number will be smaller.
The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is Monday, but apparently there's some wiggle room. Administration officials tell us that there's a last-minute surge in folks trying to enroll and they don't want anyone who's already in the pipeline to get shut out. Nothing's official yet, but applicants may get until mid-April to wrap up the application process. Also, the White House is short of its goal of 6 million enrollees. A little extra time might make those numbers look better.
Civilian and sailor die:
There are lots of questions to answer after a civilian boarded a U.S. Navy destroyer at the world's largest naval base, took a gun from a Navy guard and used it to fatally shoot another sailor before security personnel shot and killed him. The incident took place Monday at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. While the man had credentials to be on the base, he wasn't supposed to be on the ship. The scuffle broke out when security stopped the man on the quarterdeck of the USS Mahan. Investigators aren't sure why he was there.
TEXAS OIL SPILL
Cleanup crews are doing their best, but they've got a mess on their hands at the Port of Houston, where 168,000 gallons of thick, black oil are mucking up the habitat of birds and marine life. The spill happened over the weekend after two vessels collided. The U.S. Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are all over this, but port traffic is pretty much at a standstill until things get sorted out. More than 15 miles of shoreline have been affected, and more than 750 people are working to resolve the spill.