Discussing actions to take against Russia...New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste...New rules on Mt. Everest



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WASHINGTON (AP) — France's foreign minister says Russia's control of the Crimean part of Ukraine is not going to be an easy reverse. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (loh-RAHN' FAH'-bee-yus) suggests sending in observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation, questioning Russia's membership in the G-8 economic group and holding out for a diplomatic dialogue proposed by Germany. Other Western leaders point to the damage Russia's natural gas, uranium and coal industries could suffer if sanctions cut off exports to the European Union.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Ukraine's capital Kiev in an expression of support for the country's sovereignty. The Pentagon says it's suspending military exercises with the Russian military and the U.S. is putting the brakes on trying to deepen a trade relationship with Moscow after Russian troops took control of the Crimean area of Ukraine.

NEW YORK (AP) — A third trial has begun in New York for a man who admits killing a psychologist with a meat cleaver in her Upper East Side office in 2008. Attorneys for David Tarloff argue that he's too psychotic to be held criminally responsible. Prosecutors say Tarloff knew exactly what he was doing. Tarloff's first trial stalled during jury selection because of his unstable behavior. The second trial ended last year with a deadlocked jury.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environment officials have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump. Dozens of containers shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Albuquerque have been in a parking area at the plant since back-to-back incidents last month, including a radiation release that exposed 13 workers. The repository has been closed since then.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Take your garbage with you is the new rule for climbers scaling Mt. Everest. New rules for the new climbing season that began this week require individual climbers to bring down at least 17.6 pounds of their personal garbage and hand it over to officials stationed there. It's the latest attempt from the Nepalese government to clean up the world's highest mountain. The previous rule of climbing teams bringing down their trash or risk losing a $4,000 deposit wasn't widely enforced.

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