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Did Someone Take Down That Russian Passenger Plane?

Also: Chipotle closes restaurants over E. Coli scare and Snapchat swears privacy policy doesn't make snaps permanent.

Investigators Say 'External Influence' On Answer

The Russian plane that broke apart over the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula on Saturday killing 224 did not, as originally thought, break apart in mid-air shortly after takeoff. "We exclude technical problems and reject human error," an airline official said on Monday. He also noted that the crew didn't issue any distress warnings, but he attempted to downplay reported claims by Islamic militants that they took the plane down, saying they don't have the weapons needed to pull off such an attack. Investigators are combing over a large debris field to find a cause for the accident, with some saying the fact that the Airbus A321 broke apart midair continued to fuel speculation that explosives may have been involved.

Chipotle Closes Dozens Over E. Coli Scare

Chipotle has temporarily shut down 43 stores in Washington state and Oregon out of "an abundance of caution" after an E. Coli scare, according to CNN. There haven't been any reported deaths from the infections so far, as seven of the Washington patients and one from Oregon have been hospitalized. The source of the contamination hasn't been determined yet, but the 19 Washington cases and 3 Oregon ones have been linked to Chipotle stores.

Snapchat Swears Your Pics Are Safe

After a change to its privacy policy created confusion and fear that Snapchats will be permanently stored on the company's servers, the company posted a note on Sunday clarifying the changes to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. "First off, we want to be crystal clear: The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update," they wrote. "Our Privacy Policy continues to say—as it did before—that those messages 'are automatically deleted from our servers once we detect that they have been viewed or have expired.' Of course, a recipient can always screenshot or save your Snaps or Chats. But the important point is that Snapchat is not -- and never has been -- stockpiling your private Snaps or Chats." Snapchat does still have license to use the content users create for services like Live Stories and a new change makes it easier search for friends on the service.

Quick Take: Actor/Senator Fred Thompson died on Sunday at age 73 after a return of lymphoma. Thompson began his career in politics in the early 1970s as part of the committee investigating the Watergate scandal, then made his acting debut in the 1985 movie "Marie: A True Story," which led to roles in "The Hunt For Red October," "Die Hard 2" and "Law and Order." In between acting gigs, he served two terms in the Senate and made a brief run for president in 2008.

Sports Stuff: The Kansas City Royals won their first World Series title in 30 years in the most dramatic fashion possible. After trailing for most the game, the Royals tied it up 8th and then ran away with it in the 12th, winning 7-2 to close the series at 4-1, securing just the second World Series title in the team's history.