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Debate continues over Russia sanctions...Presidential aspirants headline conservative summit



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is caught in the middle of the debate over imposing stronger sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Economists say the U.S. risks appearing weak without support from Europe. But Europe is far from ready to issue sanctions on one of its biggest trading partners. European Union foreign ministers will meet Monday to decide the next step.

BOSTON (AP) — Several potential Republican White House contenders will roll into a summit in New Hampshire today sponsored by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. They're likely to spend time continuing the attack on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Among the headliners are Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An arrest warrant on a federal kidnapping charge is out for a North Carolina prison inmate already serving life. Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a Raleigh man in 2011, is described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang. Authorities say he used a smuggled mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's father. The man was rescued.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a private, commercial cargo ship to the International Space Station could slip from its Monday schedule as NASA ponders a fix for a backup computer issue in orbit. The computer is needed for the cargo operation next week and a fix could require a spacewalk.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has no plans to name a new diplomat to the United Nations after the United States blocked Tehran's choice. The U.S. alleges Hamid Aboutalebi took part in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, in which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. Aboutalebi says he was just a translator. Iran says it will seek to resolve the issue through legal channels.

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