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Ukraine official says troops fired on in east...Kidnaped tribesmen freed in Pakistan

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister says on his Facebook page that pro-Russian "separatists" who seized a police headquarters and the office of the Security Service have fired on approaching troops. The minister says the troops are special forces sent to the eastern city where the siege is taking place.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani government official says more than 90 kidnaped tribesmen have been released by their militant captors, who still hold seven influential men. The men were abducted from a tribal festival in the northwest and their release was negotiated by tribal elders. An elder says militants have not demanded anything for the release of the other seven men. The Pakistani military claims to have cleared the area of militants.

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are still looking into a report that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped a car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students. They plan to conduct tests to determine if the truck driver inhaled smoke before the collision and examine crash scene evidence for clues of a fire. Ten people died in the crash.

UNDATED (AP) — A man had to be flown to a Florida hospital for treatment of snakebite he received when he stopped his car and got out to look at an alligator. Authorities say the man and his girlfriend were in Alligator Alley when the water moccasin struck. Officials from the Miami-Dade venom unit responded and an air rescue helicopter was called in.

UNDATED (AP) — Federal land managers say safety concerns led them to try to de-escalate tension with a Nevada rancher who has refused to recognize their authority. The government has released all 400 or so head of the man's cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada. Hundreds of states' rights protesters, including militia members, showed up to demand the animals' return to rancher Cliven Bundy, who refuses to pay for grazing rights.

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