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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ukraine to show support for the new government there, the Obama administration is announcing a $1 billion energy subsidy package for that country. Kerry's visit comes as the Ukraine government deals with a Russian military takeover of Crimea -- a mostly pro-Russian region of Ukraine. Officials traveling with Kerry say the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with economic sanctions as soon as this week.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions remain high in Ukraine's Crimea region, where troops loyal to Russia today fired warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. In Moscow, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said his country reserves the right to use its military to protect Russians in Ukraine, but he said he hoped it won't have to do so.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving sharply higher in early trading amid hopes that Russia is softening its position on Ukraine. The early gains put the Standard & Poor's 500 index back in record territory following a slump the day before. Traders were relieved that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine to return to their bases.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After three months of declines, U.S. home prices are on the way back up. Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose by nearly a full percentage point in January after dipping slightly in December. Over the past 12 months, home prices have risen 12 percent. That's the biggest year-to-year gain in more than eight years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blast of arctic air has sent temperatures into the single digits today in some parts of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Airports in Baltimore and near Washington, DC have seen record-low temperatures for the month of March. Schools and government offices along the East Coast are closed again today, or have delayed opening.

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