USA TODAY: President Obama called on US Congress Thursday to support assistance for Ukraine from both the US and the International Monetary Fund. Earlier Thursday the Crimean parliament asked to join Russia and said it was planning a referendum on the matter in 10 days. Obama called again for a ‘de-escalation’ of the crisis and warned that the proposed Crimean referendum would violate international law.
TIME takes 360-degree image from atop 1 World Trade Center TODAY: In a new website feature, TIME magazine provided a panoramic view of New York City, taken from the top of 1 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.
Girl Scouts urged to end partnership with Barbie Two advocacy groups are urging the Girl Scouts to ends its partnership with Barbie manufacturer, Mattel.
Pistorius neighbor describes aftermath of Steenkamp’s death ITV News: Witness and neighbor Johan Stipp described in court on Thursday entering the home of Oscar Pistorius and attempting to save the life of Reeva Steenkamp, after she was shot by Pistorius.
RT-America anchor quits on air The Daily Beast: An American anchor working for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, announced her resignation on air Wednesday.
CNN: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that talks in Paris among foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia and other Western powers have made progress, saying: “I’d rather be where we are today than where we were yesterday.” Before Kerry spoke, NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the al
Washington Post: The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out.
Pope Francis says Catholic Church could support civil unions Catholic News Service: Pope Francis said in an interview published Wednesday that the Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions.
3 children pulled to safety after woman drives van into ocean WESH News/NBC News: A pregnant woman in Florida drove her minivan into the ocean with three children inside before rescuers charged into the water and pulled the kids to safety.
Large asteroid to pass within moon’s orbit on Wednesday NBC News: An asteroid at least as big as the one that blew up over Russia last year is coming within the orbit of the moon on Wednesday.
Reuters: Russia successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on Tuesday, the state-run Russian news agency RIA reports.
AP: Kentucky’s Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday the state will not appeal an order to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
RadioShack closing 1,100 stores NBC News: RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 stores in the US after a disappointing holiday season, the electronics store’s CEO said in a statement Tuesday.
Putin claims ‘anti-constitutional coup’ in Ukraine CNN: Russia’s President Putin has held a news conference on the Ukrainian crisis where he denied Russia had plans to add Ukraine’s Crimea region into its own territory.
Los Angeles Times: President Obama will propose a series of changes to the tax code in a budget plan Tuesday that would shift benefits from top earners to middle- and lower-income Americans, the White House said.
Niagara Falls partially frozen as bitter cold continues NBC News: A partially frozen Niagara Falls was seen this weekend as bitter cold temperatures continue to hit the area.
Reuters: Ukrainian Defense Ministry sources say the Russian military has given Ukrainian forces in Crimea until 10 pm ET (03:00 GMT) to surrender or face an assault, Interfax news agency reports.
Trial of ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius begins Reuters: The trial of Oscar Pistorius has begun in South Africa with the Olympian entering not guilty pleas to murder and firearm charges following the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his home.
'12 Years a Slave' takes home big prize at Oscars '12 Years a Slave' won the Academy Award for best picture Sunday night in Los Angeles.
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