Putin: Ukraine 'stabilizing'...House passes flood measure...Mardi Gras winding down

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country has no enemies in Ukraine, even though thousands of Russian troops are positioned in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. Putin says the crisis appears to him to be "gradually stabilizing." In the capital, Kiev, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets where more than 80 anti-government protesters were killed last month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group has called President Barack Obama the "deporter in chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia (mer-GEE'-yah), who heads the National Council of La Raza, also directed her anger and frustration at House Republicans for stalling on immigration legislation. A bipartisan Senate bill has stalled.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program. They were motivated by a tide of anger from homeowners in flood-prone areas complaining about sharp premium increases. Among other things, the measure would allow sellers to pass along their subsidized, below-market insurance rates to new buyers.

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — It's been a travel nightmare for motorists stalled by icy conditions for hours on I-55 southbound between Blytheville and West Memphis, Arkansas. Ice also created snarls over a 40-mile stretch of I-40 between Forrest City and the Mississippi River. Some cars ran out of gas, slowing efforts to make the roads passable.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Die-hard Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans have a few hours left to let the good times roll. Wintry temperatures and a chilling rain forced some parade watchers to bundle up. But one economics professor, who joined his wife in wearing a tutu, said today is the only time he gets to act like a fool. Some said they would sip warm beverages instead of chilled alcoholic favorites.

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