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VIENNA (AP) — Acting at Ukraine's request, the United States and 14 other nations are sending a team of military observers to Crimea, the section of Ukraine where Russian troops have advanced. The Organization for Security and Cooperation says the unarmed monitors were invited by Ukraine's new government. The size of the team, already en route, could grow. During a visit to the capital Kiev on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry called on Moscow to withdraw its forces.

BEIJING (AP) — China's government has promised sweeping reforms to promote sustainable growth in its slowing economy by opening state-dominated industries to private investment. China's top economic official, Li Keqiang (lee kuh-TYAHNG'), also says China will ease exchange rate controls and improve access to credit for productive businesses. The pledges were made at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

BEIJING (AP) — A fire on a passenger bus in northeastern China has killed at least 10 people and injured 17. The fire broke out early Wednesday with more than 40 people aboard. Such blazes have been deliberately set in the past in China by passengers carrying grudges against people, the government or society.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned about the wrath of residents in flood prone areas, the House has approved legislation that would dial back flood insurance reforms that would send coverage rates higher. The bipartisan measure was approved 306-91 and now heads to the Senate, which passed its version in January.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand say they're gaining new insight on just how deep in the ocean fish can survive. Five snailfish have been caught at a depth of about 4.3 miles. They are said to look like cellophane over internal organs. Details about the fish are in a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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