1.Is this MH370? Speculation that wreckage found off Thai coast is missing plane.
A fisherman on the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand has found a large piece of curved metal that authorities believe could be another remnant of lost Malaysian Airlines plane MH370.
The wreckage was found on Sunday, and has sparked a new wave of search activity with Thai and Malaysian officials converging on the location to carry out further searches and analyse the debris.
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told Malaysian news agency Bernama that is was too early to speculate whether the debris was from MH370 and urged media not to jump to conclusions.
The large piece of curved metal was covered in barnacles and measured around two metres by three metres.
Experts have poured cold water on the theory that it comes from the missing plane, saying it doesn’t look like any part of the type of plane that is missing.
MH370 disappeared with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board in March 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Almost no trace of the aircraft has been found, save a flapiron from the wing that washed up on the French island of Reunion in July 2015.
2. At least 19 dead in colossal US snowstorm.
A massive blizzard that is covering much of the US East Coast has intensified, forcing the closure of Washington roads, bridges and tunnels into New York, effectively bringing the city to a standstill.
According to Sky News, the storm has claimed at least 19 lives in several states.
Thought to be the second biggest storm in terms of snowfall in New York City history, the National Weather Service has said 68cm of snow had fallen by midnight on Sunday.
Weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have resulted in the deaths of thirteen people. Officials say a further four individuals died while shovelling snow, and another two of hypothermia.
A state of emergency was declared by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with 10 other state governors. A ban was imposed on all travel on New York City roads with the exception of emergency vehicles until 7am on Sunday.
3. Calls for tougher criminal punishments after pregnant mum is killed in horror car crash.
The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to crack down on car theft following the death of a 32-week pregnant mum in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Sarah Paino, 24, died at the scene when her car was hit by a stolen car, allegedly driven by a 15-year-old boy.
The teenager has been charged with manslaughter.
While Ms Paino died instantly, her baby was later delivered at Royal Hobart Hospital, and is currently in a stable condition.
The local community is in grief, and is rallying around the woman’s partner, Daniel Stirling, as well as the pair’s 2-year-old toddler. In Sarah’s memory, a vigil was held last night.