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PARIS (AP) — The new government in Ukraine appears to be trying to soothe demands in the nation's Crimea region for independence. Officials are talking about allowing a vote for more autonomy in the region -- but they say in order for the vote to take place, the pro-Russian citizens there would have to be willing to replace armed forces with international observers. Meanwhile, at international talks in Paris, a French diplomat says Russia's foreign minister is refusing to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart. Russia won't recognize the new government in Ukraine.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is comparing the actions of Russia's Vladimir Putin in Ukraine with those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. According to the Press-Telegram of Long Beach, Calif., she said Putin's claim that ethnic Russians in Ukraine need to be protected sounds similar to Hitler's claim that he needed to protect Germans elsewhere in Europe. The newspaper quotes Clinton as saying Putin believes his mission is to "restore Russian greatness." She spoke at a fundraiser for local Boys and Girls Clubs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Senate's failure to move ahead on his choice to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is a "travesty." He says the vote is "based on wildly unfair character attacks" against the nominee. The controversy over Debo Adegbile (DAY-bow uh-DAYG-buh-lay) stems from his legal representation of a man who was imprisoned in the murder of a Philadelphia policeman decades ago. Adegbile failed a test vote today and his confirmation is now in jeopardy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states. The proposed settlement involving Alpha Natural Resources is the largest ever of its kind. The government says the company and its subsidiaries violated water pollution limits in state-issued permits more than 6,000 times between 2006 and 2013.

UNDATED (AP) — Doctors have revealed that a second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi. Following the Mississippi example, the California doctors began treatment of the baby just four hours after her birth. The Mississippi baby is now three and a-half, and seems HIV-free, despite no treatment for about two years. The Los Angeles baby is still getting AIDS medicines.

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