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By  John Hanlon

MUDSLIDE: At least 18 people are dead after a massive mudslide wiped out the town of Oso, Wash., 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Rescue crews have been conducting a frantic search for the dozens of missing people since the huge slide struck on March 22. It’s already considered one of the worst landslides in U.S. history.

[The Associated Press]

PLANE: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced Monday, March 24, that a missing commercial jet carrying 239 people, including three Americans, has “ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” despite no physical wreckage of the Boeing 777 being discovered during weeks of searching by Malaysia and countries from around the world, utilizing planes, ships and even satellites.

[NBC News, BBC]

FONT: The U.S. government could save $136 million annually simply by changing the font used on official documents from Times New Roman to the thinner Garamond, according to a study, which has recently gone viral around the Internet, done by a middle school student. The concept began as 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani’s science fair project analyzing how his school could save cash on ink and paper.


RACE: Jim Nabors, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle in “The Andy Griffith Show,” will sing just once more to kick off the Indianapolis 500. Nabor’s rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana” has been a race day tradition since 1972. “I’ll be 84 the week after Indy this year, and I figured I better know when to leave. I don’t want to overstay my welcome,” he said.


COIN: The U.S. Mint will soon release its first non-flat coin, in celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary. The concave side features the imprint of a baseball glove; flip the domed coin over and you have a baseball. While this is the first of its kind in the U.S., the 3-D coin was modeled after Monnaie de Paris, which was minted by the French to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy in 2009.