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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Wednesday has been a trying day for a special U.N. envoy in Ukraine. Envoy Robert Serry had to cut short his visit to Crimea after being threatened by 10 to 15 armed men and ordered to leave the region. He was taken to the airport by the men, where he told an AP reporter that he was safe and that his visit was interrupted for reasons that he couldn't understand. Serry was dispatched by U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon. He's among world leaders attempting to ease the crisis created when Russia sent troops to Crimea.

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) — Officials say the CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees the intelligence agency. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein told reporters that the CIA inspector general is looking into the circumstances surrounding the committee's investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say Daytona Beach police officers stopped a pregnant South Carolina woman shortly before she drove a minivan carrying her three children into the Atlantic Ocean. The woman's sister had called police about her mental state and she's said to have appeared lucid. Two hours later she drove into the ocean. Bystanders and officers helped pull the woman and her children — ages 3, 9 and 10 — from their minivan.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal complaint released today says a father, mother and daughter from a posh Chicago suburb stole $7 million in merchandise during a decade of shoplifting. The three allegedly traveled to stores nationwide and targeting dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables. They were arrested this week at their $1.3 million Northbrook home after returning from a three-day trip through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, where authorities say they shoplifted from stores.

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