DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is backing Ukraine's cease-fire plan. But he says that without action directed at starting talks, the plan is "not viable and unrealistic." The Kremlin says Putin is calling on the opposing sides "to halt any military activities and sit down at the negotiating table."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are advocating for reforms within the city's police department and have put the police chief "on trial" during a rally. Dozens of protesters marched today with signs and a makeshift coffin inscribed with names of people killed by Albuquerque officers in recent years. There have been 26 such fatalities since 2010.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Rescuers on Mount Rainier are spending a third day searching for well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes. The 70-year-old hasn't been seen since she separated from her hiking partner Wednesday. Searchers are focused near a lakes trail on Rainier's east side. Park officials say Sykes was working on a story when she disappeared.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Democrat who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year is the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade. Mike Michaud (MEE'-shoh) would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November. He was the headliner at today's Portland Pride Parade.
PARIS (AP) — General Electric says the board of France's Alstom has approved GE's $17 billion offer to buy Alstom's power generation business. GE says if shareholders and workers' representatives approve, the deal will close sometime next year. Alstom had to postpone signing any deal while the French government sought assurances on jobs and decision-making.