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PARIS (AP) — Two potential Ukrainian presidential contenders are urging the U.S. and European Union to take a single, tough stance against Russia. One says Ukraine wants the EU and U.S. "to speak in one voice and be on the same wavelength." Washington is imposing sanctions and strongly criticizing Moscow, while the EU has taken softer measures.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Sochi for the opening of the Paralympics. Putin was shown on television telling the head of the International Paralympic Committee that he hopes the games "will lower the heat of passions over Ukraine." The Ukrainian delegation to the Paralympics is taking part in the opening ceremony but says it could pull out of the 10-day event if Russia makes any more military moves after taking control of Crimea. In Moscow, Russian lawmakers are rallying support for a move by Crimea to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia.

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about tensions over Ukraine may be dampening the mood on Wall Street. Stocks are mixed in afternoon trading despite news of a surprising surge of hiring in February. The Labor Department says 175,000 jobs were added last month, in spite of harsh winter weather that closed factories, lowered auto sales and slowed home sales. February's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent from a five-year low of 6.6, as more people began looking for work.

BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts has signed a bill prohibiting "upskirt" photos of women. Today's action comes two days after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female subway passengers wasn't violating state law, because it only protected people who were nude or partially nude. State lawmakers quickly changed the language to make it illegal to photograph the "sexual or other intimate parts" of women or children in public.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they didn't find anything suspicious on an American Airlines plane that was searched after landing at Kansas City International Airport. The FBI says someone at Chicago's O'Hare Airport who missed last night's flight had said something that could "possibly be perceived as a threat." The Republic Airlines flight was directed to a remote area of the airport and searched after its 63 passengers and four crew members disembarked.

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