Obama's message to Putin...Military sexual assault debate...Blind luck at train stop



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that there can still be a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. The White House says that was part of a one-hour phone conversation. Obama is said to have also told Putin that Russian troops must leave current positions and return to their base in Crimea.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The crisis in Ukraine could impact the first family's plan for a weekend getaway from frigid cold. The White House said late Thursday that the president would spend the weekend in Key Largo, Fla. But a spokesman says that could change and that the president may return to the White House depending on developments in Ukraine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal that would take away the authority of military commanders to prosecute or prevent charges for alleged rapes and other serious offenses has been defeated in the Senate. It fell five votes short of the 60 needed to advance. Supporters say the measure will be brought up again.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The harsh winter could be a factor in Friday's jobs report. Hiring skidded in December and January to roughly half its average monthly pace of last year. Auto buying, existing-home sales and factory orders have also been impacted by major winter storms that have hit the Midwest, Northeast and parts of the South.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokesman for L.A.'s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a blind man who fell from a platform at a station in Koreatown as a train approached is extremely lucky. The conductor couldn't stop the train until two cars had passed over him, but he was completely untouched. The man is said to have no apparent injuries.

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