Europe prepares sanctions...House votes against Obama pollution plan...Deadly bombings in Iraq

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of the European Union are ready to impose sanctions on Russia to protest its military move into Ukraine. A senior diplomat says the EU is considering suspending talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic agreement. But the diplomat says they're unlikely to take more drastic steps such as freezing assets and imposing travel bans on Russian officials. Those moves could be made if Russia refuses to pull back its troops from Crimea.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Even if residents of the Crimean peninsula vote to split from Ukraine and join part of Russia, the vote isn't likely to be recognized by the West. Ukraine's prime minister says the decision today by Crimean lawmakers to hold the vote is illegitimate. And a senior Obama administration official says any actions in Ukraine that don't include the government in Kiev are violations of international law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has moved to block the president's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. It's an election-year strike at the White House. The House approved a bill today targeting the power plant rule, as Republicans fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal." President Barack Obama's proposal is a key part of his plan to fight climate change. It would set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants.

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 34 civilians are reported dead after a series of bombings targeting commercial areas in central Iraq today. Police say most of the blasts came from parked cars that had been rigged with explosives. The attacks come a day after a series of explosions killed at least 24 people in different parts of Iraq.

MIAMI (AP) — Miami prosecutors have released police video of Justin Bieber giving urine for a drug test, with sensitive portions blacked out as ordered by a judge. The drug test is key to Bieber's driving under the influence case because it found evidence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in the singer's system. Bieber also was charged with resisting arrest and having an expired license. He has pleaded not guilty.

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