Obama speaks with Putin...US, EU plan more action against Russia...Federal judge tosses out drone fine



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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russian troops taking over Crimea violates the sovereignty of Ukraine. But Obama says there's still a way to resolve the dispute diplomatically. The White House says Obama spoke with Putin by phone for nearly an hour Thursday. Meanwhile, the people of Crimea plan to vote March 16 on whether they want to remain a part of Ukraine or join Russia.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. and European Union are planning to take more punitive action against Russia for its incursion in the Ukraine's Crimea region. Already, the U.S. is imposing financial sanctions and travel restrictions on opponents of Ukraine's new government. And the EU is taking limited punitive measures. The block says it's suspending talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and on a visa deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user. The judge says the small drone is no different than a model aircraft. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, says the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft. FAA officials say they are reviewing the decision.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Doctors in New Zealand say a 7-year-old girl will likely need repeated surgeries for years after she was bitten all over her body about 100 times by four dogs. The girl and her family are from Japan, and they had been visiting a family that owned the Staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs. All four animals have been euthanized. One doctor says it's not just the bites that did damage to the girl, "but it's the crush and the force that's behind it."

TOKYO (AP) — A man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" is apologizing publicly for the first time since it was revealed last month that his musical compositions were ghostwritten and that he's not completely deaf. At a media appearance Friday, Mamoru Samuragochi, bowed repeatedly and said he's sorry for the troubles he's caused his fans, producers and others behind his works. Olympian figure-skater Daisuke Takahashi used a Samuragochi piece at the Sochi games.

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