Wall Street relief...Ukraine hopes for solution...Shots may prevent AIDS infection



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NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are clearly relieved at some of the news from Ukraine, where Russia has pulled its troops back from the country's border. Tensions in Ukraine sent stocks plunging yesterday, but they made up that ground today, with the Dow more than 200 points higher for much of the day. Oil prices fell today, as the immediate threat of economic sanctions on Russia eased.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) —Ukraine's prime minister is expressing hope that a negotiated solution can be found that will cause Russia to pull its troops out of Ukraine. The new government in Ukraine is accusing Russia of an invasion of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, but Russia denies it. Russian President Vladimir Putin today hammered away at his message that the West is to blame for the turmoil in Ukraine, saying its actions are driving Ukraine into anarchy. And he warns that any sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe will backfire.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of current and former Republicans in Congress is coming out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma. They argue that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty that were once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. The group, which includes former senators Alan Simpson and Nancy Kassebaum, is filing a brief to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power. The decision came after Ford agreed to a remedy. A Ford spokeswoman says some new software won't completely fix the problem -- but it will allow the affected vehicles to travel at least 40 miles an hour in what is known as "limp home mode."

UNDATED (AP) — There may be an alternative to the daily pills that some people currently take to cut their risk of getting HIV. New research suggests that getting a shot every one to three months may someday be the way to prevent infection with the AIDS virus. Researchers say the experimental drug has so far only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection in two separate studies.

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