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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership. Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets of Kiev, where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month. To people who pleaded for American help, Kerry promised that aid is on the way. The Obama administration has already announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package. And Kerry told Ukrainians that Obama is "planning more assistance."

NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about the tensions in Ukraine appear to have eased on Wall Street, where stocks have bounced back from yesterday's big declines. The Dow has been up by about 200 points in mid-morning trading. Global stocks have also surged today, amid signs that Russia is softening its stance in Ukraine.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general says he won't appeal an order to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries and will allow a judge's order to take effect March 20. The decision means that same-sex couples will be allowed to pursue name changes, file joint tax returns with the state, and seek to have names added to birth certificates. The move comes four days after a federal judge in Louisville gave the state 21 days to implement a ruling overturning a voter-imposed ban on recognizing same-sex unions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only Latina governor is set to unveil a plan today aimed at electing 75 "diverse candidates" and 10 women to state-level offices as Republicans. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortino are announcing details on recruiting black, Latino and female Republican candidates. Martinez is a moderate who is seen as a rising star in the Republican party.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A light rain has been falling this morning in New Orleans, where revelers are gathered along parade routes for Mardi Gras. Temperatures are chilly, with sleet expected to fall north and west of the city. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback that included Mayor Mitch Landrieu (LAN'-droo).

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