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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced that it is curtailing military contact with Russia because of its push into Ukraine. The U.S. originally estimated that 6,000 Russian troops were dispatched to region of Crimea, but Ukraine's mission to the United Nations says 16,000 were deployed. Russia is calling for restoration of a deal reached with the opposition less than two weeks ago to form a national unity government.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say police have captured the three remaining suspects in a slashing rampage at a train station in southwestern China that killed 29 people. Authorities say the attack, which also wounded more than 140 people, was carried out by separatists from far western China. Official news reports have said police shot and killed four of the attackers, and captured an injured female suspect at the scene.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix police chief says one of his officers is dead and another is fighting for his life after a shootout with a man wanted on a felony warrant, who was shot dead. The dead officer was a 21-year veteran. The other, in critical condition, is a 9-year-veteran. Both were part of a team attempting to capture the suspect.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weather history could be made in the nation's capital overnight if the temperature reaches a single digit. That hasn't happened after March 1 since 1872 and 1873. Parts of the East will be gripped by an arctic blast following a day of snow and ice that rolled into the region. Farther south, governors declared states of emergency in Virginia and Tennessee, where there were hundreds of traffic crashes and tens of thousands of power outages.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Two classic Corvettes have been lifted from a giant sinkhole that gobbled up those and six other prized vehicles still trapped beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Workers painstakingly hooked straps around the cars before a crane slowly hoisted them one by one from the enormous pit that opened up last month.

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