Putin: Ukraine crisis "stabilizing"...Netanyahu visiting California...Oldest member of Congress



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has brought moral support to Ukraine's new leaders and anti-government protesters in Kiev. He called on Russia to withdraw its forces from the strategic Crimea region. Meanwhile in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin spoke with reporters at his official residence. He accused the West of promoting an "unconstitutional coup." But Putin said the situation seems to be "gradually stabilizing."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flown from Washington to California for a Hollywood screening and visits with Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs. The trip is the first time since 2006 that a sitting Israeli prime minister has visited California. During his visit in Washington, President Barack Obama challenged the Israeli leader to make "tough decisions" to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan with Palestinians.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a prominent Latino advocacy group says President Barack Obama is -- in her words -- the "deporter in chief." Speaking at an awards dinner Tuesday night in Washington, National Council of La Raza president Janet Murguia (mer-GEE'-ah), denounced the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. She also criticized House Republicans for blocking immigration reform legislation.

EWING, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Trenton, N.J., say it's not clear whether a woman killed by an explosion was in or outside of her residence in Ewing when the blast happened. It destroyed at least 10 houses and damaged dozens others in a town house development. At least seven workers were injured.

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — The oldest member of the U.S. House will face a runoff election as he seeks to return to Congress for an 18th and final term. Ninety-year-old Ralph Hall, who has served in Congress since 1980, didn't win 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Republican primary in Texas' 4th Congressional District. Hall will face a May 27 runoff against challenger John Ratcliffe.

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