Kerry's message to Putin...Deadly explosion...Thousand-dollar tip

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Ukraine's capital to tell the leaders of the new government that financial help is on the way. Kerry urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. Kerry said Moscow is "hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation and provocations."

EWING, N.J. (AP) — An explosion in a New Jersey housing development has killed one resident and injured seven workers. It happened in the Trenton suburb of Ewing. Police say the blast happened today after a gas line was damaged by contractors. At least one town home was destroyed.

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with murder in the 2011 killings of his sister, his mother and his mother's boyfriend has again been found incompetent to stand trial. The Norfolk district attorney's office said today that a judge ruled yesterday that Donald Rudolph is unable to help with his defense. He's being held at a mental hospital.

UNDATED (AP) — Authorities blame unemployment and drug addiction for a spike in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees. The stolen wood is used to make lacey-grained coffee tables. The practice — known as burl poaching — has become so prevalent along the Northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks have closed a popular road at night to deter thieves.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In addition to being thrilled by getting to see Julia Roberts in person, a pizza delivery man who fed stars at the Oscars also got $1,000 cash tip. The money came from A-list celebrities who chowed down on pizza ordered as a prank by host Ellen DeGeneres. She passed singer's Pharrell Williams' oversized hat and collected about $600, then contributed more.

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