Military observers being sent to Ukraine ... House approves easing flood insurance hikes ... Transgender student fabricates assault story

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.



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VIENNA (AP) — The United States and 14 other nations are forming a military observer mission to monitor the tense situation in Ukraine's Crimea region, where pro-Russian troops have taken control. A U.S. official says the team plans to leave within 24 hours. The chief U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation says each country will send two people, but the mission could grow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeowners in flood-prone areas are hoping to get a break from sharp premium increases. The House has approved legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program. The bill now goes to the Senate. The measure would allow sellers to pass along their subsidized, below-market insurance rates to new buyers and lower the cap on how much flood insurance premiums can rise each year.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could have one of the most stringent abortion laws in the country. The state House of Representatives has approval several abortion restrictions today, including one that bans abortions once the fetal heartbeat can be detected. A heartbeat can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police in California say a transgender student who said he was beaten and sexually assaulted in his high school bathroom has now admitted he made up the story. Detectives say the 15-year-old student at Hercules Middle/High School could be charged with making a false criminal report. The teen, who is biologically female but identifies as male, had told officers he was leaving a boy's bathroom at the school Monday morning when he was attacked by three boys.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are lots of theories floating around as to where $10 million in gold coins came from that a Northern California couple recently found buried on their property. One is that Jesse James' gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. But the theory gaining the most traction is that Walter Dimmick stole from the U.S. Mint in San Francisco in 1901, where he was the chief cashier. The hoard the couple found contains 1,400 $20 gold pieces, 50 $10 gold pieces and four $5 gold pieces dating from 1847 to 1894.

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