Ukraine tensions ease...Several injured in townhouse explosion...Justices may rule for police

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Vladimir Putin is still talking tough on Ukraine -- but he has also helped ease tensions today. Putin says Russia has no intention to "fight the Ukrainian people" -- but he's reserving the right to use force in order to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Russia has agreed to a NATO request to hold a special meeting tomorrow in Brussels to discuss Ukraine -- opening up a possible diplomatic channel.

EWING, N.J. (AP) — A hospital says it is receiving at least six patients from an explosion at a townhouse complex in a suburb of New Jersey's capital city that caused heavy damage. Two of the injured are said to have traumatic injuries. Television footage shows damage to several units at the development in Ewing, outside Trenton, and widely scattered debris. Flames can be seen shooting up from the ground, apparently fed by a gas line.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices are sounding sympathetic to police officers who were involved in a high-speed chase and shooting that ended with the deaths of the fleeing driver and his passenger. During oral arguments today, no justice appeared to be willing to affirm an appeals court ruling that would allow a civil lawsuit by the driver's daughter to proceed against six officers in West Memphis, Ark. The officers fatally shot the driver and passenger on a street in Memphis after a chase that began across the river in Arkansas.

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida judge has ordered the release of remaining police video of Justin Bieber after his January arrest -- with sensitive portions blacked out to protect his privacy. The video includes images from the singer's urine test for drugs. The judge agreed with Bieber's lawyers that airing it in its entirety would be an invasion of his privacy. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Police video released last week showed Bieber walking unsteadily during sobriety tests.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid will pass by the Earth tomorrow -- coming even closer than the moon. But astronomers say it will pose no danger. The newly-discovered asteroid will still be an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth -- or about nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth. It's estimated to be between 45 and 130 feet across.

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