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SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — As Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered tens of thousands of his troops who had been conducting military exercises near the Ukrainian border to return to their bases. Meanwhile, pro-Russian troops who've taken control of an air base in Ukraine's Crimea region have fired warning shots and are threatening to shoot Ukrainian soldiers if they don't back off. The Ukrainian soldiers had been manning the air base and they want their jobs back.
KUNMING, China (AP) — Authorities in China say they're holding four people who took part in a vicious slashing rampage that killed 29 people in the southern city of Kunming. Four other attacks were killed Saturday, the day of the attack. Officials have blamed secessionists from far-western Xinjiang (shihn-jahng) for the train station attack, which also wounded 143 people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unwrapping a nearly $4 trillion budget today that gives Democrats an election-year playbook for fortifying the economy and bolstering peoples' incomes. The White House says it would enlarge the earned income tax credit to cover 13.5 million low-earning workers without children, and include proposals to upgrade roads, finance pre-kindergarten programs and enhance job training.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is holding the nation's first primary election today with a political free-for-all in Republican races. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has decided this current term will be his last of a record 14 years in office, and his looming exit has set off a scramble resulting in the most open races in Texas in more than a decade. Republicans are favored to win them all come November. And George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is making his political debut by running for land commissioner.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — From NAACP head to venture capitalist. Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous has made the move from the East Coast to Silicon Valley, where he'll join two entrepreneurs at their venture capital investment firm that backs information technology startups committed to making a positive social impact. Jealous says he's hoping to further his goal of engaging more blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.
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