Preparing for a tough response...Pistorius murder trial begins...Arby's buys Pharrell hat



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers are preparing for a tough response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine. NATO's secretary-general says the alliance is re-evaluating its relationship with Russia. And the U.S. and other members of the Group of Seven have suspended participation in planning an international summit in Russia this summer. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Tuesday with Ukraine government officials in Kiev.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The murder trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius begins Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged in the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting death of girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius says he killed his girlfriend by mistake, thinking she was an intruder behind a bathroom door.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The East Coast is getting hit with another snow storm. Forecasters say parts of New Jersey could get nearly a foot of snow Monday, and as much as 10 inches could fall in the Washington, D.C. area, along with a lawyer of ice. Just Sunday, tourists flocked to the nation's capital to enjoy 50-degree temperatures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An international education institute is working to double the number of American students studying abroad over the next five years. The Institute of International Education says it will focus on recruiting more low-income students and others who have not participated in high numbers. Each year, hundreds of thousands more international students come to the United States to study than the United States sends abroad.

NEW YORK (AP) — That famous hat producer and performer Pharrell (fuh-REHL') wore at the Grammys has been auctioned off. The fast food restaurant Arby's has paid $44,100 for the Vivienne Westwood hat. The money will go to Pharrell's charity From One Hand to Another. The hat looks somewhat like Arby's logo, and Arby's tweeted, "We're HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back." a0433

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