Is Russia preparing for additional moves into Ukraine? A Russian statement today claimed that eastern Ukraine has fallen into "lawlessness" because of actions of what it describes as right-wing fighters supported by Ukraine's government. The statement also claimed that Russian citizens trying to enter Ukraine have been turned back at the border by Ukrainian officials.
The harsh winter has raised fresh concerns about whether the enormous new reserves of natural gas across the U.S. can be reliably delivered. Low temperatures in much of the country drained supplies, froze wells, clogged pipelines and sent prices soaring to record levels in some places. Analysts say more pipelines need to be built to get the gas from the new places it is being produced, such as Western Pennsylvania, to its new customers.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the nation faces an "urgent and growing public health crisis" because of an increase in heroin-related deaths. According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the number of overdose deaths involving heroin increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via live video conference Monday to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. The former NSA contractor remains in Moscow living in temporary asylum as he faces felony charges in the United States. Snowden appeared to have no regrets about exposing the U.S. government's surveillance methods.
Stocks have closed slightly lower following disappointing economic news from China and Japan. The Dow dropped 34 points to 16,418, while the S&P 500 edged down a point to 1,877 and the NASDAQ dropped two points to 4,334. Investors were discouraged by an 18 percent slump in Chinese exports last month and Japan lowering its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth.
Obama administration says it's pulling the plug on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription program that ran into strong opposition on the Hill. Among other changes, the regulation proposed to remove three classes of drugs from a special protected list that guarantees seniors access to a wide selection of critical medications. The three classes of drugs facing removal were antidepressants, antipsychotics and drugs that suppress the immune system to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ.
Discouraging economic news from Asia is sending stocks lower on Wall Street. China's exports slumped 18 percent in February and Japan lowered its economic growth estimate for the last three months of last year. The downbeat report from China is hurting several industry sectors heavily reliant on Chinese economic growth, particularly materials, energy and industrials.
Israel's prime minister has toured a display of dozens of rockets that were intercepted by navy commandos in the Red Sea last week. Israel says the rockets were on their way from Iran to the Gaza Strip. And it accuses the international community of ignoring Iranian support for militant groups. Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to get world powers to toughen their position in nuclear talks with Iran.
Peter Lanza says he wishes that his son had never been born. The father of Connecticut school gunman Adam Lanza, in interviews with The New Yorker magazine, tells of his struggle to comprehend what his son did. He says the killing of 20 first graders and six educations at an elementary school was an act that "couldn't get more evil."
Afghanistan's Taliban are threatening to use all possible force to disrupt the country's presidential elections next month. The threat, a crucial test for Afghanistan's security forces, who are trying to show they can provide stability as the West prepares to end its mission. Hopes for a peaceful outcome from the elections were dealt another blow over the weekend, with the death of an influential vice president who could have served as a peacemaker among factions after a new leader is named.
A travel agency in a resort town in Thailand is one focus of the investigation into the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane over the weekend. The owners of the travel agency are being questioned by investigators. They sold one-way tickets to two men who traveled on the flight using stolen passports. As the search continues for any signs of the missing aircraft, an object that was spotted in the ocean turned out to be floating trash, an oil slick was found to be unconnected to the plane.
Attorney General Eric Holder says first responders should carry with them drugs to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. In a new video message released by the Justice Department, Holder says the increase in heroin-related deaths is an "urgent public health crisis," and he says addiction to opiates and heroin is affecting Americans in all states and from "every background and walk of life."
It was a big earthquake that hit late yesterday off the Northern California coast, but far enough away not to cause injuries or damage, even though it was widely felt. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.9 quake was followed by several aftershocks. It was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed. There was no tsunami warning.
A major survey tracking the rollout under the new health care law finds that the rate of uninsured people continues to go down. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index finds that this year, 15.9 percent of Americans remain uninsured. It was 17.1 percent for the last three months of 2013. Gallup says the percent of Americans lacking coverage is on track to drop to the lowest quarterly level it's measured since 2008, before President Barack Obama took office.
Stocks have opened mostly lower, after some disappointing economic news from China and Japan. Figures show that China's exports fell by an unexpectedly large 18 percent last month. And Japan is lowering its economic growth estimate for the final three months of last year.
President Barack Obama says education is the best investment in America's future, and he's urging high school students to make sure they file for federal financial aid. He says too many students lose out on millions of dollars in aid by not filing.
Americans hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend will have less time to do so. Most of the nation will set their clocks ahead by one hour before heading to bed tomorrow night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m., local time.
A doctor in Greece has been suspended for 16-months after being accused of racism.
A court in Greece imposed the suspension after he put up a sign outside his office that read "Jews are not welcome."
Police searched the doctor's home and found daggers with Nazi symbols.
They also found a Nazi flag and printed material from the extreme right-wing political party.
The town's Jewish population was wiped out during World War II.
A pregnant South Carolina woman, who drove a minivan carrying her three children into the Florida ocean, is being charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.
Police and bystanders helped pull Ebony Wilkerson and her children from their minivan.
It was almost submerged on Tuesday on Daytona Beach.
The sheriff says Wilkerson has denied trying to harm her children, but her children told investigators otherwise.
Authorities say they didn't find anything suspicious on an American Airlines plane that was searched after landing at Kansas City International Airport. The FBI says someone at Chicago's O'Hare Airport who missed last night's flight had said something that could "possibly be perceived as a threat." The Republic Airlines flight was directed to a remote area of the airport and searched after its 63 passengers and four crew members disembarked.
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