Russian troops enter Ukraine base...Who sent snipers to Kiev?...Stocks finish mixed



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — There's word that Russian troops have now forced their way into a Ukrainian military base in Crimea. A Ukrainian news agency says about 100 Ukrainian troops are stationed there, and they've barricaded themselves inside one of their barracks. In the week since Russia took control of Crimea, Russian troops have been neutralizing and disarming Ukrainian military bases there. Some Ukrainian units, however, have refused to surrender.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — It's one of the biggest mysteries hanging over the violence that drove Ukraine's president from power last month: Who sent snipers to Kiev to take aim at protesters, police and bystanders? Ukrainian authorities are investigating the bloodbath, which left more than 100 people dead. The focus of the investigation has shifted from Ukraine's ousted government to Vladimir Putin's Russia. The theory is that the Kremlin wanted to create mayhem as a pretext for a military incursion. Russia, though, suggests that the snipers were organized by opposition leaders who wanted to whip up local and international outrage against the government.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished mixed, at the end of an indecisive day of trading. Investors are still worried about escalating tension in Ukraine -- and that dampened some of the optimism created by this morning's jobs report. The government said far more jobs were created in February than in either of the two preceding months. The S&P 500 managed a gain of one point, to reach its latest record high. The Dow rose 30 points, while the Nasdaq composite fell 16.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Conservatives who are gathered for a conference near Washington have heard from another possible presidential candidate -- Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky -- who told them that President Barack Obama is running roughshod over Americans' civil liberties. Earlier today, former Sen. Rick Santorum told the gathering that Republicans lose elections when they nominate moderate candidates -- and he cited John McCain and Mitt Romney as examples.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — How will it go over in Salt Lake City? A popular satirical musical about Mormon missionaries will be staged in the Utah city next year, just down the street from the worldwide headquarters of the faith that it mocks. It's the first time the "Book of Mormon" musical has come to Salt Lake City since it made its debut on Broadway in 2011. It's estimated that six in 10 Utah residents are Mormon.

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