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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there's a way to resolve the Ukrainian dispute diplomatically. In a call today, President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin it would entail a return of Russian forces to their Crimean base, direct talks between Ukraine and Russia, and the use of international monitors. Obama also told Putin that Russia's actions are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is leaving authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders. The vote today was 55-45 in favor of stripping commanders of that authority, but it was short of the 60 necessary to move ahead on the legislation. But the bill's sponsors say they plan to seize the next opportunity to force another vote, probably in the spring.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general accused of sexual assault is facing 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to three lesser charges in a move that his lawyer says will strengthen his position at trial. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair entered the plea today before opening statements in his court martial at Fort Bragg. Sinclair still faces five charges in his trial, including sexual assault.

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees -- including managers and executives -- starting in 2016. The aerospace company says employees will transition to a company-funded defined contribution retirement plan. They'll have a 401(k)-style plan that's similar to what union machinists approved earlier this year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If you want to wake up to the sound of sizzling bacon with its aroma drawing you out of bed there's now an app for that. Oscar Mayer says it's created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone. The company says to get the bacon smell of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan.

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