March 20, 2014 -- Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. Satellite Images Show Possible Objects in Indian Ocean
Search crews are scouring the southern Indian Ocean today after two objects that may be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were spotted by satellite, officials said Thursday. Officials described the sighting as the best lead at this stage in the investigation – saying four aircraft and one merchant ship are heading to the region off the coast of Australia.
2. Reds Pitcher Hit in Face by Line Drive
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman broke bones above his left eye and nose when he was hit by a line drive Wednesday night, the latest frightening injury to a pitcher struck in the head by a batted ball. Chapman was undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he was set to spend the night for observation, according to a statement from the Reds.
3. EU Mulls Further Sanctions on Russia Over Crimea
Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union on Thursday over its annexation of the Crimea Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. In an address to the German Parliament, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU was readying further sanctions and that the G-8 forum of leading economies had been suspended indefinitely. Russia holds the presidency of the G-8 and President Vladimir Putin was due to host his counterparts, including President Barack Obama, at a summit in Sochi in June.
4. NYC Inmate 'Baked to Death' in Cell
Investigators are probing how a mentally ill, homeless New York City veteran died last month in a jail cell that city officials told The Associated Press had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently because of malfunctioning equipment.
5. Justin Bieber Blamed Injured Foot for Shaky Sobriety Test During DUI Arrest
Justin Bieber claimed his Miami Beach arrest back in January for alleged DUI was because of a broken right foot. The pop singer reportedly blamed his shaky sobriety test on a hairline fracture in that same right foot, according to a document released today by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.