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March 17, 2014

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. CRIMEANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO JOIN RUSSIA

Crimea's parliament declares the region an independent state following a referendum where 97 percent voted in favor of splitting from the Ukraine. Ukraine's new government in Kiev calls the referendum a "circus" directed at gunpoint by Moscow.

2. OBAMA TO PUTIN: US WON'T RECOGNIZE CRIMEA VOTE

U.S. officials reaffirm that the White House and European Union will impose penalties on Russia if it annexes the strategic region.

3. WHAT'S NEXT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINER

Malaysia says searches have begun in both the northern and southern corridors of a vast swath of Asia where the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is believed to have ended up.

4. WHY ARMY WILL DROP SEX ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST GENERAL

Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair say he will plead to lesser charges after the prosecution's case crumbled as questions arose about whether the accuser lied in a pre-trial hearing.

5. HOW CHINA SEEKS TO GROW

China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services that would allow millions of rural resident to migrate to urban jobs.

6. A PILL THAT'S EASY TO SWALLOW

A study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. The pills are so packed with nutrients you'd have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested.

7. PISTORIUS SAID TO HAVE A "GREAT LOVE" OF GUNS

The manager of a firearms training academy also testified that Pistorius once recounted going into "combat mode" after hearing a possible intruder in his home. It turned out to be a laundry machine.

8. WHO WILL — AND WON'T — BE MARCHING IN THE NYC ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

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    July 24, 2014

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S.

    July 24, 2014

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p

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  • Man run over by own truck during road rage GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida. The

    July 24, 2014

  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over th

    July 24, 2014

  • US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the f

    July 23, 2014

  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line WASHINGTON (AP) — In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the l

    July 23, 2014

  • House, Senate chart separate courses on border WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers

    July 23, 2014

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  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says

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