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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart that all irregular forces in Ukraine "need to lay down their arms." The president and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone today after the Russian leader called. The West charges that Moscow is attempting to stir up unrest in eastern Ukraine by assisting with violent protests and the takeover of Ukrainian government facilities. The Kremlin disputes the charge.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Officials running the search for the missing Malaysian jet say the area where an unmanned submarine was lowered is too deep. The robotic submarine was hauled back to the surface less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage. The Bluefin 21 returned to the surface after a built-in safety device sensed its maximum depth of 15,000 feet limit was exceeded. Deeper diving submersibles have been evaluated, but none is yet available in the search area.

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Bee reports that both drivers in last week's fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records. The crash killed both drivers and eight people aboard the bus. According to state records, neither driver reportedly had a moving violation. Blood tests are being performed. The drivers' medical histories are also being examined.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California investigating two parolees suspected of raping and killing four women say there may be more victims. Police in Anaheim also say the two registered sex-offenders were apparently wearing ankle monitors during the fatal attacks. They are both charged with rape and murder with special circumstances. The designations mean they would face a minimum life sentence or the death penalty if convicted.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas faces federal criminal charges. Alison Michelle Ernst has been charged with trespassing and violence against a person in a restricted building. She could face up to a year in federal prison on each charge if she's convicted.

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