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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.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with a shooting near an Ohio elementary school that injured two people and led to a precautionary lockdown. No students or staff at Liberty Elementary School in Columbus were injured or involved in the shooting Thursday afternoon. But police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the thigh and a 20-year-old man was shot in the foot.

HOEXTER, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have packed a church in central Germany today to pay respects to Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan last week after a life spent between the chaos of war and the serenity of her homeland. Friends, family and colleagues of Niedringhaus packed Corvey Abbey in a medieval monastery in Hoexter. She was remembered for her ability to find humanity amid terrible events.

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