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  • Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, listens during a news conference after a private U.N. Security Council meeting on the Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at United Nation headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region

    Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the action by Russian troops based in the strategic region and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.

  • Unidentified gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms guard the entrance to the military airport at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Russian troops took control of the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine's interior minister charged Friday, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict. Russian state media said Russian forces in Crimea denied involvement. No violence was reported at the civilian airport in Crimea's capital of Simferopol or at the military airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, also part of Crimea. At the Simferopol airport, a man claiming to speak for the camouflage-clad forces patrolling the airport described them as Crimean militiamen.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Obama warns Russia over military moves in Crimea

    Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin's iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama bluntly warned Moscow "there will be costs" if it intervenes militarily.

  • Eric Millerberg enters the courtroom during his trial, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Ogden, Utah. Millerberg has been charged with injecting his 16-year-old baby sitter, Alexis Rasmussen, with a fatal dose of heroin and methamphetamine, then taking his wife and infant daughter along to dump Rasmussen's body near a river. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten, Pool)

    Utah man found guilty of teen babysitter's murder

    It took a Utah jury just two hours to find a man guilty of killing a teenage baby sitter and dumping her body in the woods after prosecutors say he gave her a lethal dose of drugs during a night of sex that also included the man's wife.

  • Soldiers patrol a street in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo Thursday Nov. 18, 2010, a day after an attempted coup. Soldiers clashed briefly with hundreds of civilians Friday outside a base where dissident military officers have been holed up for three days after the attempted coup. (AP Photo)

    Evacuation ordered in Madagascar after coup bid

    Madagascar soldiers clashed briefly with hundreds of civilians Friday outside a base where dissident military officers have been holed up for three days after attempting a coup.

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