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WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare case of broad agreement in Washington is apparently fast-tracking a push for tough sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The hope is Europe will follow the U.S. lead in upping the pressure on President Vladimir Putin. All sides agree that U.S. action will mean little without European countries with far deeper commercial relations with Russia.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to recover from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump will be the subject of a town hall meeting in New Mexico today. The U.S. Department of Energy is hoping to satisfy concerns which have been swirling for weeks about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination and the future of national nuclear cleanup efforts.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is scheduled to take up the volatile issue of military sexual assaults today. A bill opposed by the Pentagon would remove the authority of commanders to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses and place it in the hands of seasoned military trial lawyers. The bill is also opposed by some Senate Democrats. An AP investigation has found a pattern of inconsistent judgments and light penalties.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new survey shows just under 60 percent of college freshmen actually attend their top choice for higher education, even though more than three-quarters are accepted at their dream school. The attendance rate is the lowest in the 39 years that the survey has asked first-time freshmen if they enrolled at their dream college. The survey is from UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.

BEIJING (AP) — China's finance minister says creating jobs is a bigger priority this year than strictly meeting economic growth goals. The economic target announced this week is "about 7.5 percent," and the official says that could mean lower actual growth. At a news conference during the annual meeting of China's legislature, the minister says jobs are the most important factor.

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