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WASHINGTON (AP) — School systems in Baltimore, Washington and many suburban areas are closed today and of the Washington museums, only Air and Space is open as yet another major snowstorm pounds the region. Most federal offices in the area are also closed. Parts of the East Coast could see a foot of snow. More than 2,000 flights in the United States are canceled and more than 200 are delayed so far today.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary says military options are not on the table as a response to Russia's effective takeover of Crimea, a pro-Russian region of Ukraine. But he is calling for unified, tangible, economic and political support for Kiev.

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Famine in the southern African state of Mozambique could affect more than 300,000 people this year. Speaking on state radio, Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco says the famine, mostly in the central and southern regions, has been caused by various factors, including drought, flooding and insect plagues. Crops are also being destroyed by wild animals, such as elephants and hippos.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) began his murder trial in South Africa today by pleading not guilty. He says he killed his girlfriend by accident, thinking she was an intruder. The first witness, a neighbor, testified to hearing "blood-curdling" screams before the sound of four gunshots.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a snowstorm that has shut down most of the nation's capital, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments today in a Florida death penalty appeal where the condemned man claims he is mentally disabled. When the court prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled 12 years ago, it left the decision on setting the standards of disability to the states.

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