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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is promising a "very tough response" while local media report special forces dispatched to the area of eastern Ukraine where at least a dozen armed men in camouflage seized a police station in a small town. The town of Slovyansk is about 55 miles south of the regional center, Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters occupy a government building.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials of the world's major economies meeting in Washington say they believe it's still possible to reach the ambitious goal to boost global growth by $2 trillion in the next five years. The a that obstacles remain, including rising political tensions over Russia's actions in Ukraine. The policymaking committees of the International Monetary Fund and its sister institution, the World Bank meet today.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women are the focus today of the weekly media messages from President Barack Obama and the Republicans. Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote. For the GOP, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says Republican proposals to help small businesses and increase jobs will benefit women as well as men.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's deputy foreign minister says Tehran will use legal channels to challenge the U.S. block on the country's new diplomat to the United Nations. The U.S. alleges the man was part of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy but Hamid Aboutalebi says he was just a translator. Iran notes he has previously received a U.S. visa.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The crew of the International station may have to gear up for a space walking repair job. A backup computer outside the ISS may need to be replaced if another fix isn't found. The computer is needed for some robotics necessary during next week's SpaceX cargo delivery. That launch could be delayed.

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