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MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched through Moscow's Red Square chanting "Crimea is Russia!" The semi-autonomous region belongs to Ukraine, but the local parliament has called a March 16 referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia. President Barack Obama has called a violation of international law. Tensions in Crimea remain high. Pro-Russian forces reportedly tried to seize a Ukrainian military base in a port city.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine may appeal to the U.N. General Assembly if the divided Security Council doesn't act on Russia's seizure of Crimea. That's because Russia holds veto power on the Security Council and can be counted on to block the U.N.'s most powerful body from any action or criticism of its actions in Crimea. General Assembly votes are non-binding but can be influential, especially when a big majority of nations show they're united.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the amount of public school funding in the state is unconstitutionally low. Legislators had delayed any decisions on school funding this session until the high court made a final judgment. Kansas enacted sweeping cuts to income taxes in 2012 and 2013 championed by Gov. Sam Brownback that have reduced the amount of available resources to comply with a court order on education funding.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have charged a pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida with attempted murder and child abuse. Bystanders and officers helped rescue Ebony Wilkerson and her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, from their minivan as it was almost submerged on Tuesday at Daytona Beach.

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a woman working at a Chicago thrift store was killed when a gun that was in dropped-off clothing accidentally discharged, hitting her in the chest. The clothes were being sorted in a back room when the gun fell to the floor and discharged.

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