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Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia called for the adoption of a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea, an audacious combination of diplomacy and escalating military pressure. The U.S. and European Union floundered for solutions — while global markets panicked over the prospect of violent upheaval in the heart of Europe.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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Pistorius trial: Witness heard screams then shots

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend.

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Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

LONDON (AP) — A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

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Group seeks to double number of US students abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — An international education institute is working to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2019.

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Wide range of wintry conditions affects half of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tourists flocked to the monuments in the nation's capital Sunday to enjoy 50-degree temperatures before yet another winter storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast.

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A Cold War reprise as US seeks Moscow's isolation

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sudden reprise of Cold War sensibilities, the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia's military advances on Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry, soon on his way to Ukraine's capital, said world leaders "are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion."

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014

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