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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has accepted House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address a joint meeting of Congress. The Republican leader invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak about the threat posed by Iran as Congress considers new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to hold off, saying new sanctions could scuttle international negotiations with Iran aimed at restricting its nuclear development.
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's top commander in Europe says fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever and the alliance has detected the presence of key Russian military equipment that, in the past, has accompanied large inflows of Russian troops. At a news conference in Brussels, Gen. Philip Breedlove says Russian electronic warfare and air defense systems have been observed in eastern Ukraine. But he says can't confirm Ukraine's claim that 9,000 Russian troops have entered the country.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) says he was "shocked" to hear accusations that his team cheated with underinflated footballs in Sunday's AFC championship game. The win over the Colts sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl. Belichick says he knew nothing about the issue until Monday morning and still doesn't know how footballs became deflated. Softer balls are generally considered easier to throw and catch.
UNDATED (AP) — Wendell Ford has died. Ford was the dominant figure in Democratic politics in Kentucky for 30 years, serving as both governor and U.S. senator. He was never identified with sweeping issues or great crusades, with his popularity owing more to the force of his personality. Ford said face-to-face contact with voters was a must and allowed him to better represent them. A funeral home in Owensboro, Kentucky, says Ford died this morning at his home. Wendell Ford was 90.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher today after Europe's central bank announced a plan aimed at reviving that region's struggling economy. The euro has fallen against the dollar today and European stock markets turned higher following the news.
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