Authorities study debris found off Madagascar for links to MH370

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PARIS/SYDNEY - France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday. | Video

Asian shares, dollar up on Fed's economic optimism

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TOKYO - Asian shares were firm on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it saw the economy and jobs continuing to strengthen, helping lift the dollar as traders bet that higher U.S. interest rates were around the corner.

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NASA's water bubble experiment in hi-res

NASA astronaut Terry Virts explores water tension in microgravity by dissolving an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water.  Video 

England's James Anderson acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field after taking six wickets Reuters / Philip Brown Livepic

Anderson takes six as Australia skittled for 136

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Too early to say if debris in Reunion is from MH370 flight - police

Police say it's too early to say if debris washed up on Reunion Island belonged to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Nathan Frandino reports.