NATO planes to monitor Ukraine...Number of uninsured in decline...NRA takes fight to Supreme Court



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BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says it is dispatching surveillance aircraft to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in neighboring Ukraine, where Russian forces control Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. NATO says the decision to send AWACS reconnaissance planes was made by the ambassadors of NATO's 28 member states. NATO stresses the flights will only take place above the territory of its member nations — thus not crossing into either Ukrainian or Russian airspace.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's health care system is on the brink of collapse. A report by the group Save the Children says medics have been forced to engage in "brutal medical practices" in order to save lives such as knocking out patients with metal bars because of lack of anesthesia. Three years of a civil war have ravaged the country's heath facilities and health providers hard. Hospitals have been bombed by government forces in rebel-held areas. Armed men with the opposition have forced their way into clinics to have their fighters treated.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office. With just three weeks left to enroll on the new insurance exchanges, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, finds that 15.9 percent of U.S. adults are uninsured thus far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent for the last three months — or calendar quarter— of 2013. Gallup said the proportion of Americans who are uninsured is on track to drop to the lowest quarterly level it measured since 2008, before Obama took office.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association has asked Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets. The ban went into effect last week in Sunnyvale. It was approved by 66 percent of voters in November and upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of Florida's "stand your ground" law have marched on the state Capitol. They included the Rev. Al Sharpton and the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. Protesters in Tallahassee waved signs saying "STANDING OUR GROUND" and wore T-shirts reading, "We are not a threat." Images of Martin were pictured on signs, shirts and drawings. Sharpton's National Action Network joined other groups in backing the rally.

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