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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian news agency says a military base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol is under siege by Russians. No shots have been fired. The report, citing a duty officer and Ukraine's defense ministry, said a Russian military truck broke down the gates and entered the base, where about 100 Ukrainian troops are stationed. Interfax, quoting the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said there were about 20 "attackers," who threw stun grenades. The report says the Ukrainians barricaded themselves inside one of their barracks, and their commander began negotiations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon estimates there are now about 20,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, as additional forces have gone into the country over the last week. U.S. and Western leaders have condemned Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, and the Obama administration is moving to impose sanctions on Russia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories -- but last month's harsh winter weather wasn't able to keep employers from hiring. That's clear from today's Labor Department report on unemployment for February. It shows employers added 175,000 jobs -- far more than were added in either of the two previous months. Some analysts say that having endured some brutal weather, the economy may be poised to pick up in the coming months.

MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says education is the best investment in America's future, and he's urging high school students to make sure they file for federal financial aid. He says too many students lose out on millions of dollars in aid by not filing, and he is beginning a new initiative to help change that. Obama traveled to a model Miami high school to announce that, beginning in the fall, the federal Education Department can begin working with states to identify students who have not filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend will have less time to do so. Most of the nation will set their clocks ahead by one hour before heading to bed tomorrow night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m., local time.

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