Moscow considers response to US action over Ukraine...Three Americans aboard missing jetliner

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MOSCOW (AP) — Western objections and criticism of Russia's actions in Ukraine is apparently drawing a tit-for-tat response from Moscow. Russian news agencies say Moscow is considering a freeze of U.S. military inspections under arms control treaties in retaliation for Washington's decision to halt military cooperation with Russia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials say three Americans were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on a flight to Beijing today with 239 people aboard. Search teams across Southeast Asia using ships and planes scoured the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam but so far have found no sign of the plane. Officials say the pilot did not make a distress call before the plane disappeared.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity is being tested. A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. Participants in the Reebok CrossFit Games are required to register according to their gender at birth.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — No word from Washington state yet on a federal plan for emptying a leaking nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The U.S. Department of Energy was given to the state late yesterday. The Tri-City Herald reports that while the Energy Department will start buying equipment and making other plans to remove the radioactive sludge from the double-shell tank with a leak between its shells, actual waste pumping would start no sooner than March 2016.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sign of the approaching spring I arriving this weekend as Daylight Saving Time takes effect for much of the country. Most Americans will set their clocks ahead one hour before heading to bed tonight. The time change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. It ends Nov. 2.

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