Efforts continue toward diplomatic solution for Ukraine...New health insurance extension...Facebook to delete gun posts



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PARIS (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister says he has temporarily canceled his plans to fly home from Paris on the chance that he still might meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf). Western and Ukrainian diplomats have been huddling in Paris in hopes of finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine over Russia's military incursion into Crimea. But so far, a top French official says the Russian foreign minister has refused to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart. Meanwhile, a U.N. official is denying reports from Ukrainian officials that a U.N. special envoy has been kidnapped in Crimea.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is reaffirming its commitment to allies in Central and Eastern Europe following Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon is stepping up joint aviation training with Polish forces and increasing American participation in NATO's air policing mission in Baltic countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have health insurance that doesn't meet the requirements of the new health law will be allowed to keep it for another two years. A government official familiar with the decision says the extension would apply to policies issued up to Oct. 1, 2016. The cancellation of millions of individual policies last fall undercut President Barack Obama's promise that people who liked their plan would be able to keep it under his health care law.

EWING, N.J. (AP) — Authorities still don't know what triggered a gas leak and explosion that devastated a town house development in New Jersey, killing one woman and injuring seven workers. Officials in the Trenton suburb of Ewing Township say at least 20 homes are uninhabitable. Public Service Electric & Gas says its crews were working on repairs yesterday when the explosion occurred.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook has agreed to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks. Facebook says a similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the company's photo-sharing network. The measures will be put into effect over the next few weeks and will apply worldwide.

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