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WASHINGTON (AP) — March roaring in like a lion is adding to the seemingly endless winter in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, though much of today's problem is bone-chilling cold. A blast of arctic air that's expected to send temperatures plummeting into the single digits marks only the third time that's happened in March in the nation's capital. The other two times were in 1872 and 1873.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry finds himself in a diplomatic cauldron today as he visits the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. He plans to reinforce Washington's support for the new government, even as the U.S. and its top allies grapple with whether to slap a recalcitrant Russia with sanctions for its military takeover of Ukraine's strategic, Moscow-friendly Crimea region.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Army general could face up to life in prison if he's convicted of sexual assault in a court martial that starts today. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair admits an affair, but not abuse of a female captain under his command. Sinclair is a 51-year-old married father.

MIAMI (AP) — A hearing is scheduled in South Florida today on the release of remaining police video of singer Justin Bieber following his January arrest. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield will decide whether video of Bieber urinating into a cup for a drug test is an invasion of privacy.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — They're parading and partying until dawn in Rio. Extraterrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen and legions of scantily clad women and men dancing a furious samba opened the final round of Rio de Janeiro's extravagant, pre-Lenten Carnival parades. The annual spectacle pits the city's 12 best samba schools against one another -- all for a year's worth of bragging rights.

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