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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that his country is ready to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine, but he hopes he won't have to use force in the eastern part of the country. In his first public statement about the crisis, Putin said today that the Ukrainian parliament is legitimate, but the acting president is not. He says Russia gave shelter to fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) to save his life.

MOSCOW (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is en route to the Ukrainian capital Kiev to show support for the country's government. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy. Putin says any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.

LONDON (AP) — A senior aide to Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been arrested and has resigned after images potentially related to child pornography were found on computers. Cameron's Downing Street office says officials found out about the images Feb. 12 and aide Patrick Rock was arrested the next day. The 62-year-old served as deputy head of a Downing Street policy unit and was also advising the government on its plans to have Internet providers use filters to prevent the distribution of child pornography.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former U.S. Congressman Mel Reynolds says he's in hiding in South Africa because he believes his life is in danger. Reynolds was just deported from Zimbabwe, where he says the Mugabe regime was "trumping up" pornography charges to discredit him. The charges were dropped on a technicality. Now Reynolds tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he believes he's being pursued by a secret Zimbabwean death squad because of information he has on American businessmen who are doing business illegally with Zimbabwe.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for financial support. Eighteen-year-old Rachel Canning has gone to a court in Morristown to force her parents to pay for her college. A hearing is set for today. Canning claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home when she turned 18. Her father tells The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter voluntarily left home in October because she didn't want to follow the rules.

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