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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama continues to conduct telephone diplomacy about the crisis in Ukraine. He spoke today with the leaders of Spain and Kazakhstan. The U.S. is seeking to show a united front with world leaders on Ukraine. The White House says Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (mah-ree-AH'-noh rah-HOY') agreed that Ukraine's sovereignty must be respected and that Russia should respect international law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats who hope to shed light on global warming will talk all night about the issue. At least 28 senators are expected to take part in a dusk-to-dawn session. Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a flood emergency. Flooding in Montana has left hundreds of people cut off in rural areas. In neighboring Wyoming, the National Guard has been pressed into service to help protect two towns -- Manderson and Greybull -- which are threatened by flooding. The flooding has been triggered by recent heavy snowfall followed by warming.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music will have to wait until at least Friday to see if a judge sentences him. The judge could also wait until after Michael Dunn is retried on first-degree murder. Jurors deadlocked last month on that charge, but convicted Dunn of three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

DETROIT (AP) — The final phase of demolition is underway on a well-known vacant Detroit housing project that once was home to boxer Joe Louis and members of the Supremes. The public housing project was built in 1935 as Detroit's first publicly funded housing development for African-Americans. The former Frederick Douglass Homes are better known as the Brewster projects.

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