WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country is violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The White House says the two leaders spoke for an hour this afternoon. The president is said to have told Putin that Russian forces in the strategic Crimea region need to return to their base so that there can be a diplomatic resolution.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the West's first sanctions in response to Russia's military takeover of Crimea. Obama issued an executive action slapping new visa restrictions on Russian and other opponents of Ukraine's government in Kiev. It also authorizes wider financial penalties against those involved in the military intervention or in stealing state assets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to denounce the conduct of California Republican Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) at a committee hearing. He abruptly adjourned a hearing of the House Oversight Committee yesterday and told committee staff to turn off the microphone of the committee's top Democrat, congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. The hearing was on the improper targeting of tea party groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Cummings was trying to say that Republicans have overblown the controversy.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have quickly approved legislation to prosecute those who secretly take photographs of "the sexual or other intimate parts" of women or children in public. Approval of the bill, which also would apply to male victims, came a day after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female passengers riding the Boston subway didn't violate state law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists are predicting a warming in the central Pacific Ocean this year could produce badly needed rain in California and the southern states. The warming, called an El Nino, is also expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year. An El Nino happens once every few years and is spawned by a combination of wind and waves in the tropics.
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