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Australia Says Planes Checking New Search Area

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Five aircraft have spotted objects in the southern Indian Ocean today during the search for debris from the lost Malaysian jetliner. 
 
The discovery came after officials moved the search area nearly 700 miles to the northeast, following a new analysis of radar data. It found that the plane flew faster than originally thought, and used up more fuel -- which would have cut the distance it could have traveled before going down in the Indian Ocean. 
 
It's still not clear whether the objects, of various colors, are from the plane. Photos are being analyzed. Australian officials say a Chinese patrol ship in the area will try to locate the objects after daylight.
 
The search area remains large: about 123,000 square miles. It's also closer to western Australia -- and therefore easier for search crews to reach -- and does not have the same harsh weather conditions as the old search location.  (AP)

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