Russia says it's protecting its citizens in Ukraine ... Pistorius trial begins ... Obama meets with Netanyahu

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GENEVA (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says his country's troops have been streaming into neighboring Ukraine to protect Russian citizens there. Ukraine is accusing Russia of a military invasion and is calling on the Kremlin to pull its troops out of Crimea. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with the Russian foreign minister later today to discuss the situation.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A neighbor of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius says she heard a woman's "blood-curdling" screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night Pistorius killed his girlfriend. The neighbor was the first witness to testify at Pistorius' murder trial that began today in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius says he accidentally killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, thinking she was someone who broke into his home. Prosecutors alleged Pistorius shot and killed his her during a fight on Valentine's Day 2013.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians when the two meet today at the White House. A U.S.-imposed April deadline for completing a framework for peace talks is fast approaching with few signs of tangible progress. More Israeli tensions have been sparked by Obama's pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter is keeping its icy hold on much of the U.S. today, with up to a foot of snow expected across the Mid-Atlantic states and up the East Coast. Officials are warning people to stay off those icy roads, and school has been canceled in many areas. The flight tracking site says more than 2,000 flights in the U.S. have been scrapped.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted spending in January despite the harsh winter weather but activity was much weaker in December than initially reported. The Commerce Department says spending rose 0.4 percent in January following a tiny 0.1 percent gain in December which had initially been reported as a stronger increase. The spending gain was better than expected but it came after the sharp downward revision in December.

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