Ukraine: Nearly a state of war...Two men are focus of plane probe...Admitted terror plotter testifies



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister says his country is practically in a state of war with Russia. Troops from Russia have effectively taken control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. And there are concerns that Russia will make additional moves into eastern Ukraine. The Russian government is claiming today that eastern regions of Ukraine, which largely support Russia, have plunged into lawlessness.

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — News reports in Malaysia quote the country's police chief as saying authorities have identified one of the two men who boarded a Malaysian jetliner with stolen passports. Malaysia's civil aviation chief won't confirm that, but he says the two men were of "non-Asian" appearance. The plane they boarded disappeared nearly three days ago with 239 people on board. A search involving dozens of ships and planes has turned up nothing.

NEW YORK (AP) — A British man who admits his role in a plot to use explosives hidden in shoes to blow up planes in 2001 has been testifying by video at the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in New York. He said he was recruited in fall 2001 to blow up a plane on a domestic flight in America or a plane in Europe. He says he quit the plot in December 2001. Immediately before his testimony, prosecutors showed jurors videotape of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) warning Muslims in America and England not to board planes because he said the "storm of airplanes will not stop." Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago is keeping behind bars a man who is accused along with his family of stealing $7 million in goods in a decade-long multi-state shoplifting spree. Prosecutors say Branko Bogdanov is a flight risk. Authorities say he, his wife and his daughter worked as a team to pilfer merchandise, and then sell it on eBay. They were arrested last week at their spacious home in a wealthy Chicago suburb.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has led hundreds of people on a march today to Florida's state Capitol, where they rallied against the state's "stand your ground" law. They included the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. Florida's Republican-dominated Legislature has declined to make any substantial changes to the law, enacted in 2005.

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