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Obama emphasizes equal pay in weekly message; GOP says Obama economy hurting women...Conservative summit in NH



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says women earning less than men in the same profession and with the same education is an embarrassment. He's using his weekly media message to reinforcing equal pay as a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote. For the Republicans, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says the economy under Obama is hurting women.

BOSTON (AP) — In New Hampshire, some of the country's leading conservatives are gearing up for a summit today that should see plenty of criticism of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Several potential Republican White House contenders will be there, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity are the hosts.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions continue to intensify in the Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry says at least a dozen armed men in camouflage stormed a police station in the small town of Slovyansk today. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov pledged a "very tough response" to the seizure.

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is putting the final touches today on a scientific guide to helping to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The week-long talks in Berlin were slowed by wrangling between scientists and governments over the contents of the roughly 30-page summary of a much bigger scientific report. Developed and developing countries have also been at odds over sharing the burden.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Searchers straining to hear possible signals from the black box locator beacons from the missing Malaysian airliner getting the silent treatment. The operational window for the beacons' batteries is just about closed and officials say that while previous signals have helped narrow the search area, it's still large and actually finding the plane will be daunting.

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