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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's clear -- based on "overwhelming evidence" -- that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Still, there's been no conclusion by the administration yet that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors. Putin spoke with President Barack Obama on Monday for the first time in more than two weeks. The White House says the call was initiated by Moscow.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine will be put to use again on Tuesday in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner, if weather conditions permit. On Monday, its dive limit of 15,000 feet was exceeded and it returned to the surface as programmed. Search authorities assumed that the wreckage of the jet could be at depths that test the margin of safety for the Bluefin 21. The data gathered are being analyzed.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to death by a Sioux Falls, S.D., jury for killing a hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012. Prosecutors say McVay killed the nurse and stole her car as part of his plan to drive to Washington and kill the president.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Interview notes released by a law firm which conducted an internal investigation indicate that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal. The notes were made by lawyers for a law firm which produced a taxpayer-fund report that exonerated Christie and blamed two former loyalists.
GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a storm has overturned up to 30 campers in the coastal Mississippi community of Gautier (goh-SHAY'). The Sun Herald reports that the storm toppled the recreational vehicles Monday night. The National Weather Service blames straight line winds.