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March 28th, 2014
10:29 PM ET

Search ships arrive at new debris site, but still no confirmation of Flight 370's end

(CNN) - Three weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flights 370 set off from Kuala Lumpur, search aircraft set off Saturday from Australia - hoping to, finally, find the Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean where experts now believe it ended up.

The area that search teams - including a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 and an Australian P-3 Orion that set off Saturday morning from Perth - are now focusing on is 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast from where they'd been concentrating for more than a week, and it's closer to the Australian coast. This change is thanks to a new analysis of satellite data that Australian authorities say show the commercial airliner could not have flown as far south as once thought.

Saturday's renewed search comes days after Japan and Thailand both said they'd sent new satellite images to Malaysia showing debris fields that could be related to the plane, which vanished with 239 people aboard.

Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, commander of Joint Forces New Zealand, told CNN's Erin Burnett five of the dispatched aircraft "located debris in their search area" on Friday. Some of the spottings were "hundreds of miles away" from each other, although Short said this vast expanse is "not unusual" given the ocean conditions and the time passed since the airplane's purported crash.

That includes 11 small objects spotted by one of his military's P-3 planes. CNN's Kyung Lah, who went out on a U.S. Navy P-8 search plane Friday, said the crew of that plane spotted white objects, orange rope and a blue bag.

"At one point, sure, everybody on board got a little excited, but it's impossible to tell from that distance what anything is," she said.

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March 28th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Jimmy Carter: I don’t pay any attention to Oliver North; he was a criminal

Former President Jimmy Carter says he doesn't pay much attention to Oliver North.

Last month, North, the former Reagan official and staunch critic of the Obama administration said "if you could imagine someone is happy that Obama is president, it has to be Jimmy Carter."

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, North slammed President Obama for his handling of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, by comparing him to the former president.

"Proof that the old axiom 'into any vacuum a leader will eventually come,' Putin has been handed this by what is essentially Jimmy Carter on steroids," North said.

Carter responds to the criticism by recalling North's checkered past.

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March 28th, 2014
09:47 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: New search area, rugged deep-ocean terrain

Australian authorities have shifted the search area for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 hundreds of miles to the northeast of the previous search zone.

The old search area was extremely unpredictable, according to CNN's Chad Myers. The area had shifting currents and even a chain of underwater volcanoes.

Chain of volcanoes on ocean floor could hamper search for Flight 370

Myers is back OutFront to take us under water with what obstacles teams will face as they comb the new search zone looking for Flight 370.

March 28th, 2014
09:17 PM ET

Could the search for Flight 370 be the most expensive in history?

After three weeks of false leads, there's still no concrete sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

And now, there's been a huge shift in where searchers are looking for Flight 370. Five of 10 planes sent to the new zone say they have spotted objects from the air, but what those objects are isn't known yet.

The cost of searching for Flight 370

If and when the Malaysian aircraft is found, the price tag may be substantial.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports on what the search for Flight 370 could ultimately end up costing.