Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. Satellites pick up 122 possible objects in Malaysian jet search
The objects were discovered in the southern Indian Ocean not far from where other objects have been spotted. Whether they could be part of the debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight remains to be seen. “Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials,” said acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein. Read more in NEWS.
Meanwhile, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said debris it's search plane spotted from the air was not distinctive of Flight 370:
2. Mudslide death toll rises as amazing stories of survival emerge
At least 16 people have died in the mile-long mudslide that buried homes in Washington state, officials said late Tuesday. The search effort continues today, and emergency crews are still looking for survivors, although no one has been found alive since the time of the slide. Stories of heartbreak and survival have gripped the rural community. Read more in NEWS.
3. Obamacare enrollees can get more time to sign up
While the deadline is Monday for uninsured Americans to sign up for Obamacare exchanges, those who’ve been trying to get through but haven’t can get more time. “If you are in line when March 31 deadline passes, you will be helped,” White House spokeswoman Tara McGuinness said on Twitter. Read more in HEALTH.
4. ‘Strongest storm of season’ slams New England
Winter isn’t over for folks in Massachusetts and eastern Maine. A major snowstorm is expected to drop as many as 10 inches of snow along Cape Cod and up to 16 inches in eastern Maine. Meanwhile, tropical storm-force winds are pounding the coast. Read more in NEWS.
5. ‘Conscious uncoupling’: Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin split
After 10 years of marriage, the celebrity power couple shocked fans Tuesday by saying they’re separating. “We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner,” they said in a statement on Paltrow’s website. Read more in POP CULTURE.
Their choice of phrasing, however, had some people scratching their heads:
6. Houston firefighters make dramatic rescue in five-alarm fire
A construction worker was plucked to safety — but not before nearly falling to his death — during a massive residential complex fire Tuesday afternoon in Houston. The daring rescue at the unfinished site was caught on video. Read more in NEWS.
… What’s trending today?
The W Hotels is offering a new service to couples getting hitched at one of its venues: a social media wedding concierge.
For $3,000, that person will live tweet, Instagram and Facebook your ceremony and reception, and then compile it all into a Shutterfly book. They’ll also create your very own #hashtag so guests can follow all the selfies and filtered photos online. But not everyone’s impressed:
First published March 26 2014, 4:15 AM