More snow in the East shuts Washington...Kerry eyes Ukraine trip



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the nation's capital is essentially closed for business today in anticipation of heavy snow. School is canceled, public buses aren't running and federal government workers have been told to stay home. As much as 10 inches of snow could fall in Washington, Baltimore and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region. Nearly a foot of snow is expected in parts of New Jersey.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry plans to head to Ukraine tomorrow to offer support for a government threatened by a Russia-backed incursion. The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russian troops are just protecting his country's citizens there.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Internet monitoring agency says it has blocked 13 pages linked to the Ukraine protest movement that helped oust the country's Russia-leaning president. The pages usually appear on Russia's leading social media website. Meanwhile, the crisis in Ukraine doesn't seem to be sitting well with investors. Russia's stock market dropped about 10 percent today and the value of its currency is as low as it has ever been against the dollar and the euro.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rare terrorist attack in the heart of the Pakistani capital has killed 11 people and wounded dozens. Officials say a group of armed men, including two suicide attackers, stormed a court complex in Islamabad. The assault came just days after the Pakistani Taliban announced a one-month ceasefire.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A slavery odyssey based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir has won the Oscar for best picture. "12 Years a Slave" is the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. Matthew McConaughey won for best actor in "Dallas Buyers Club." Cate Blanchett took best actress for her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

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