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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Is Russia preparing for additional moves into Ukraine? A Russian statement today claimed that eastern Ukraine has fallen into "lawlessness" because of actions of what it describes as right-wing fighters supported by Ukraine's government. The statement also claimed that Russian citizens trying to enter Ukraine have been turned back at the border by Ukrainian officials.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A crowd at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas has heard from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, speaking by video conference from Russia. Snowden offered advice on how Americans can keep their web-surfing activities more private. And he called on the technology industry to create more services that help guard individual privacy. As for his leaking of documents exposing the government's surveillance methods, Snowden says he felt "the Constitution was violated on a massive scale."

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished the day slightly lower following disappointing economic news from China and Japan. The S&P 500 edged down a point, while the Dow lost 34 points and the Nasdaq composite lost two points. Investors were discouraged by an 18 percent slump in Chinese exports last month, the latest sign of trouble for the world's second-largest economy. Japan lowered its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the increase in heroin-related deaths is an "urgent and growing public health crisis." He wants first responders to carry with them a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. At least 17 states and the District of Columbia allow that drug -- commonly known by the brand name Narcan -- to be distributed to the public. But critics say making it too accessible could encourage drug use.

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A man is being held without bond in a weekend shooting at a northern Ohio bar that left three men dead, including an off-duty officer. Fremont police say they took Igmidio Mista into custody this morning shortly after issuing an arrest warrant for him. The warrant charges him with three counts of murder.

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