NATO meeting on Ukraine ... Obama continues minimum wage push ... Deadly Baghdad blasts

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UNDATED (AP) — Russia has agreed to a NATO request to hold a special meeting in Brussels today to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian troops occupy the Crimean region in the country. Meanwhile, U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with economic sanctions as soon as this week. And members of Congress say they're preparing legislation that would impose sanctions as well.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads to Connecticut today to continue his push for a hike in the minimum wage. Connecticut's governor signed a wage hike last year that raises hourly wages to $9 next January. He's also asked state lawmakers to raise it further to $10.10 in line with Obama's proposal. Obama wants Congress to raise the hourly rate from $7.25 to $10.10.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could make it harder for investors to band together to sue corporations for securities fraud. The justices will hear arguments today in an appeal by Halliburton Co., which is trying to block a class-action lawsuit that claims the energy services company inflated its stock price. Justices threw out the company's first attempt to block the suit. But Halliburton now wants the court to overturn a key 1988 precedent that's led to billions in settlements in class-action suits.

NEW YORK (AP) — The husband of Osama bin Laden's eldest daughter goes on trial in New York City today on charges he conspired to kill Americans after Nine Eleven. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) was brought to the U.S. last year after being captured in Turkey. Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith used his position as al-Qaida spokesman to announce in videos that more attacks on the U.S. would be just as devastating as Sept. 11.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Several car bombs have hit commercial areas in Baghdad today, killing at least 10 civilians. Police say the deadliest of the blasts killed at least four people and wounded 15 at an outdoor market in the northern part of the city.

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