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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says the asset freezes it has imposed against 18 people held responsible for embezzling state funds in Ukraine include the country's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich). The list includes what appear to be Yanukovych's closest aides. He was ousted in a popular uprising fueled by corruption and close ties to Moscow. Russia has been warned with possible sanctions for sending troops into Ukraine.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials are criticizing a North Korean artillery launch that they say happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane flew in the same area. It's not clear what danger, if any, the Tuesday launch posed to the China Southern Airlines plane traveling from Tokyo to Shenyang, China.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia school district has been accused in a federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice of discriminating against an employee who said he couldn't trim his beard for religious reasons. The suit says the district failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of a longtime school police officer who is a Muslim and had worn the beard for 27 years.

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over reams of documents and other data showing what the company knew and when it found out about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating how GM handled the problem, which triggered the global recall of 1.6 million older-model compact cars.

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare skin infection has been traced to raw seafood purchased at fish markets in New York City's three large Chinese neighborhoods. City health officials say there have been 30 reported cases of infection caused by a bacterium. Symptoms include red, tender lumps and swelling under the skin of the hands or arms.

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