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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Voters in Russia-friendly Crimea will have a chance on March 16 to secede from Ukraine and join Moscow. Lawmakers in Crimea called the referendum today in a unanimous vote. The 100-seat parliament in Crimea enjoys a degree of autonomy under current Ukrainian law. There's been response from Kiev.

BRUSSELS (AP) — An emergency summit in Europe seeks to deal with a response to Russia's military incursion in Ukraine. The European Union leaders are gathering today as the 28-nation bloc considers imposing sanctions against Russia. British Prime Minister David Cameron says Europe "needs to send a very clear message to the Russian government."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin. A day after saying Putin's actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine resemble Adolf Hitler's in the 1930s, Clinton characterizes Putin as a tough but thin-skinned leader who is squandering his country's potential.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping changes are coming to the SAT. College Board officials say the first update since 2005 is needed to make the exam more representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The perfect score will still be 1,600 but the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has confessed that he took the cross of his late confessor's rosary from his casket and he wears it to this day in a fabric pouch under his cassock. Francis says it's a reminder of how he hopes to have half as much mercy as the priest. Francis made the revelation today during an informal meeting with Roman priests.

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