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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing to put in place hard-hitting sanctions on Russia, whose troops have taken over Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. The Senate is taking the lead with legislation that would combine loan guarantees to Ukraine's government and measures against Russian government officials, state-owned banks and companies.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough but thin-skinned leader who is squandering his country's potential. The potential 2016 presidential contender warned during a speech Wednesday at the University of California, Los Angeles that "all parties should avoid steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation at this delicate time."

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. A bill targeting the power plant rule is expected to come up for a House vote today, as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal." Obama's proposal is a key part of his plan to fight climate change, and it would set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has issued its first legal marijuana business license. The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday issued the license to Sean Green, chief executive of Kouchlock Productions. The license will allow Green to grow 21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility. It'll be the first pot grown for sale under the highly taxed system approve by voters in 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Changes are coming to the SAT college entrance exam. Once again, the perfect score will be 1,600. But the essay will now be optional. And students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers. Also, vocabulary is also shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.

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