Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. No Sign of Missing Plane in Area Shown on Satellite Images
Malaysia's defense minister has denied reports that engine data from the missing Malaysian jetliner indicated it may have kept flying for four hours after its last communication. Acting Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was referring to reports that the Rolls Royce engines aboard the Boeing 777 automatically sent data to the engine manufacturer as part of a maintenance program.
2. Death Toll Rises in New York City Building Explosion
The death toll in Wednesday's suspected gas explosion and building collapse in New York City has risen to six, with three additional victims found early this morning.
3. 2 Dead After Vehicle Plows Into Crowd Near South by Southwest
A man and a woman were killed and dozens of others were injured in Austin, Texas early this morning after a fleeing driver crashed his vehicle through barricades set up for the South by Southwest festival, plowing into a crowd of people, police said.
4. 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Pope
Pope Francis wants you to know he is not a superhero. On the other hand, he is probably just the most popular pontiff ever.
5. Kanye, Jay Z Steal the Show in SXSW Performance
Samsung got its money's worth from Jay Z and Kanye West. Two of rap's top stars combined for a powerful, hit-filled two-hour show Wednesday night and Thursday morning during South By Southwest, allowing Samsung to steal some of iTunes' luster at the annual music conference and festival.