Kerry upbeat about Ukraine diplomacy....Health care extension...Facebook gun sales rules.



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PARIS (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he has "something concrete" to take back to President Barack Obama about the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry made the comment following intense meetings in Paris with his Russian counterpart. Speaking at a news conference after the talks, Kerry said the encounter was "very constructive," but that the talks are "tough stuff."

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) say a remark he made to his sister during a prison visit was meant to be funny and wasn't incriminating, as prosecutors have suggested. Neither side has said what Tsarnaev has said. He faces the possibility of the death penalty in the deadly bombing last April that killed three and wounded hundreds.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer faces aggravated animal cruelty charges for allegedly killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old puppy. Authorities say the officer beat and choked the puppy and then texted her a photo of the dog's body. The aggravated animal cruelty charge is a felony.

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.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Facebook has agreed to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check. And Facebook says a similar policy will be enacted on Instagram, its photo-sharing network. The new policy was worked out in an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been pressing the company along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Moms Demand Action.

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