Obama: still time for Ukraine situation to de-escalate...TX primary...'Real Housewives' couple faces prison time

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — President Barack Obama says it might be possible for the situation in Ukraine to "de-escalate in the next several days and weeks." Obama spent more than an hour on the phone Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who's been in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent days. Troops in Russia have pulled away from the border with Ukraine, but pro-Russian troops still occupy Ukraine's southeastern Crimea region. Unarmed U.S. troops are part of a military observer mission headed to Ukraine.

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — The oldest member of the U.S. House faces a run election for the Republican nomination. Ninety-year-old Ralph Hall failed to win 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Republican primary in Texas. He'll face challenger John Ratcliff in a May 27 runoff. Dallas multimillionaire David Alameel and candidate Kesha Rogers have advanced to a runoff to decide the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Another Bush has taken the first step toward continuing his family's political dynasty. Thirty-seven-year-old George P. Bush has secured the Republican nomination for the little-known but powerful post of Texas land commissioner. The younger Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is frequently mentioned as a possible GOP White House hopeful in 2016.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Husband and wife stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" face time in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges for concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) could get up to 27 months behind bars. Her husband Joe faces a maximum of nearly four years. Joe Giudice also faces the possibility of being deported because he was born in Italy and is not a U.S. citizen. The couple have four young daughters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some changes are coming to the SAT college entrance exam. The nonprofit College Board plans to outline those changes Wednesday afternoon in Austin, Texas. The last time changes were made to the test was in 2005. The latest changes will be rolled out in 2016. Last year, the SAT was taken by some 1.6 million students.

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