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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is now closed to the public. It's because of security concerns amid street violence and turmoil in the Arab country. The decision came hours after a U.S. drone strike killed three al-Qaida members. It was the first such operation since the resignation of Yemen's embattled president and the country's cabinet. They resigned after days of political wrangling with Shiite rebels who overran the capital months ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service officers have been searching the White House lawn, after the discovery of a small drone that crashed inside the White House complex overnight. The president and his wife weren't home at the time -- they're in India. Officials describe the device as a quad-copter, a small, unmanned aircraft that is lifted by four propellers. Some of those devices are just a sophisticated type of toy, but they can also be used for commercial operations like aerial photography.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian leaders are responding defiantly to threats from Western leaders that Russia will face further punishment for the stepped-up fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend. In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin said it's the Ukrainian leadership that should be held responsible for the violence. He accuses Ukrainian officials of using civilians as "cannon fodder." But NATO's secretary general is accusing Russia of sending large numbers of heavy weapons to the pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. A judge in Fall River, Massachusetts, today seated a jury of 13 women and five men after more than two weeks of jury selection. Six of them will be randomly selected as alternates, just before deliberations start. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. The judge says because of the blizzard approaching the region, opening statements are scheduled for Thursday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can make death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Instead of stopping the executions, Oklahoma today asked justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the right to resume executions if it finds a different suitable drug. Four inmates sued Oklahoma, saying they fear the sedative can't prevent their suffering as lethal drugs take effect. One of the four was executed this month and showed no signs of physical distress.

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