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WASHINGTON (AP) — The list of possible sanctions against Russia for sending troops in Ukraine's Crimea region continues to grow. In Washington, the Pentagon says it will cut contacts with the Russian military. A senior official says the U.S. will not go forward with some trade talks with Moscow. In Brussels, European Union leaders have called a special summit for Thursday, where they are expected to freeze visa liberalization and economic cooperation talks with Russia.

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stock markets are subdued Tuesday as investors around the world keep an eye on the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian troops advanced on the strategic Crimean peninsula. On Wall Street Monday, the Dow dropped nearly 154 points.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training. Obama would spend $302 billion over four years on highways, rail projects and mass transit. Half of the initiative would be financed through corporate taxes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of roaring in like a lion, March is generating grizzly temperatures in parts of the East, where forecasters say overnight temperatures will be in the single digits. Much of the Mid-Atlantic received 4-to-6 inches of snow Monday. That was enough to shut down the federal government in Washington. That was the same situation in Delaware, where 6-plus inches of snow also closed government offices and schools.

ATLANTA (AP) — They are still only a fraction of all births, but a new government report says home births have risen to their highest level in about four decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 1.36 percent of births in 2012 were at home. Experts say they remain largely a phenomenon of white women and those who live in remote areas.

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