Ukraine crisis continues...Obama budget...Gates world's richest man, again

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's mission to the United Nations says 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in the strategic Crimea region. But Russia's U.N. ambassador told an emergency Security Council meeting today that Ukraine's fugitive president requested them. President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) fled the former Soviet republic to Russia after his ouster and had said Friday that he would not ask for Russian forces.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget tomorrow that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training. Obama has also announced a four-year, $302 billion plan to boost spending on highways, rail projects and mass transit.

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A man who fired at two-dozen vehicles over several weeks in southeastern Michigan has been sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison on a combination of terrorism and weapons convictions. A lawyer for Raulie Casteel says his client is "certainly a troubled individual" but not a terrorist.

UNDATED (AP) — A medical group of epilepsy experts is calling on the federal government to reconsider classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug so its impact on seizures can be studied. The American Epilepsy Society says research is hard to perform while marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the federal government.

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again the world's richest person. Gates' net worth is estimated at $76 billion. Forbes said 268 billionaires were new to the list, beating out a prior high of 226 newcomers in 2008. And a record number of women made the list this year, with 172 women joining, up 25 percent from last year.

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