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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today as he returned to Washington from Texas aboard Air Force One. Obama's spokesman characterizes the conversation as a "check-in" between leaders. Talks will continue during Merkel's forthcoming visit to Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet is departing. The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the health care law. The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by widespread website woes.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Secret Service supervisory special agent says a woman taken into custody after throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face criminal charges. The incident happened today moments after Clinton took the stage for a keynote speech at a Las Vegas convention. Clinton ducked, and she did not appear to be hit by the object.

NEW YORK (AP) — Steep declines in technology stocks, followed by rebounds, are becoming become a familiar pattern in the market in recent weeks. Today, investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks, driving the Nasdaq index to its worst day since 2011. It fell 3 percent. Other indexes were down too. The S&P 500 dropped 2 percent and the Dow lost 1.6 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new class includes Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and Kiss. They were inducted tonight during ceremonies in New York. The original four members of Kiss didn't perform due to a dispute between two active original members and two retired members, but they did make peace and salute each other in their induction speeches.

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