Russia's new demands...Al-Qaida trial begins...Snow and ice



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is making some new demands in Ukraine. According to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces who are controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships surrender. Ukraine's Defense Ministry says four Russian navy ships were blocking a Ukrainian anti-submarine ship and a command ship. A spokesman says the Russians ordered the crew to surrender or face Russians storming and seizing the ships and crew.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has been pushing for Ukrainian politicians to return to an agreement last month that promised that a new unity government there would hold power until an early election, no later than December. Under the proposal, fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) would be back in power. But that idea seemed to be a non-starter as diplomats met today in Brussels, Kiev and Geneva.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection has begun in New York City in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. Opening statements are expected to begin later this week. The trial is scheduled to last about three weeks. Abu Ghaith was brought to the United States last year after his capture in Jordan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year. The oil and gas industry warns that the Environmental Protection Agency rules are unnecessary and will drive up gas prices. The rules will also add to the cost of buying a car. The rules have been in the works for years but are being finalized today. They'll start taking effect in 2017.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the mid-Atlantic region deals with the latest blast of snow, motorists in parts of the South have been facing icy roads today. Near Dallas, traffic on Interstate 45 has been at a standstill, with vehicles backed up 14 miles or more. There are reports that some motorists were stuck there overnight.

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