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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough but thin-skinned leader who's squandering his country's potential by trying to "re-Sovietize" the periphery of Russia. Speaking today at UCLA, she said all parties in the Ukrainian situation "should avoid steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation at this delicate time."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is ready to give Ukraine $15 billion in loans and grants over the coming years. The head of the bloc's executive arm says the EU package will help stabilize Ukraine's economy. The aid is in addition to $1 billion in U.S. energy subsidies and will help support Kiev as it negotiates a broad bailout program with the International Monetary Fund.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons says Damascus has accelerated its efforts after several missed deadlines. And she says March will be critical if Syria is to totally eliminate its stockpiles by the June 30 deadline. The Dutch diplomat says about a third of the weapons material has been removed or destroyed so far.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress should follow the lead of four New England states that have raised the minimum wage above the federal rate. Obama told a large crowd gathered at a Connecticut college today, that nobody who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. He wants Congress to increase the wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend says he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk. He's suing the casino for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated. Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them complimentary drinks.
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