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March 7, 2014

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UKRAINE-SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama orders the West’s first sanctions in response to Russia’s military takeover of Crimea, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine. By Bradley Klapper and Lara Jakes. AP Photos.

ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — A U.S. general accused of sexual assault pleads guilty to three lesser charges, a remarkable admission sure to end the military career of a man once regarded as a rising star among the Army’s small cadre of trusted battle commanders. By Michael Biesecker and Allen G. Breed. AP Photos.

MILITARY-SEXUAL ASSAULT

WASHINGTON — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agrees after impassioned debate to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with U.S. military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress. By Donna Cassata. AP Photos.

CONSERVATIVES

OXON HILL, Maryland — Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016 audition before some of the nation’s most ardent conservative leaders, calling for the party to unite behind a clear agenda and draw contrasts with Democrats. By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

MARATHON BOMBING-SUSPECT’S FRIEND

BOSTON — A federal judge says the government must begin paying for the legal defense of a 20-year-old man accused of lying for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, has pleaded not guilty.

LEGION OF CHRIST

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A federal judge has agreed to let a lawsuit move forward against the Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ, turning down an attempt by the disgraced order to end the lawsuit brought over a late Yale University professor’s $1 million bequest. By Michelle R. Smith.

VENEZUELA-PROTESTS

CARACAS, Venezuela — A National Guardsman and a civilian are killed as gangs of government supporters on motorcycles rode into east Caracas neighborhoods to remove street barricades placed by opposition protesters. By Jorge Rueda and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. AP Photos.

DISABLED SHIP-HAWAII

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — A Canadian refueling ship disabled by an engine fire pulls into Pearl Harbor under tow with nearly 300 sailors aboard. By Audrey Mcavoy.

ASTEROID BREAKUP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid. Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. AP Photos.

CUBA-EU

HAVANA — Cuba’s foreign minister formally accepts a European Union invitation to begin talks on improving ties, and expresses concern over upheaval in key ally Venezuela and in Ukraine. By Peter Orsi. AP Photos.

NETANYAHU-CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Jewish community leaders that he is determined to contain Iran’s nuclear program and protect the state of Israel from Iran. By Raquel Maria Dillon. AP Photos.

COLOMBIA-FREEING THE PARAMILITARIES

BOGOTA, Colombia — One veteran of Colombia’s disbanded far-right militias admitted to ordering or taking part in at least 3,000 killings. Another ordered a hit on a prominent intellectual who had been unjustly accused of backing insurgents. The two men and about 400 other right-wing paramilitaries are due to walk free this year after serving eight-year sentences for crimes that normally carry more than triple the prison terms. The first is expected to be released within days. By Libardo Cardona. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

APPLE-SAMSUNG

SAN JOSE, California — A U.S. judge denies Apple’s request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads. AP Photos.

TESTOSTERONE INJECTION

WASHINGTON — Ireland’s Endo Pharmaceuticals announces that it received U.S. approval for its long-acting testosterone injection Aveed, which joins a crowded field of hormone-boosting drugs aimed at aging American men. By Matthew Perrone.

JOB MARKET-VITAL SIGNS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has been skating on an icy patch in advance of the February jobs report. By Josh Boak.

BOEING-PENSIONS

SEATTLE — Boeing Co. says it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees - including managers and executives - starting in 2016..

GOOGLE BARGE

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s mystery barge floats to its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco. By Michael Liedtke. AP Photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-QUEEN-ADAM LAMBERT

NEW YORK — Adam Lambert has never paid attention to the haters, and he won’t start now as the lead singer for the rock band Queen on their upcoming summer tour. ” By John Carucci.

FILM-CASTING JESUS

NEW YORK — They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood. But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is so, well, easy on the eyes that some are revisiting an age-old question that has vexed scholars for centuries: By Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos.

JUSTIN BIEBER-ARREST

MIAMI — Police video of singer Justin Bieber giving a urine sample for a drug test after his arrest on driving under the influence and other charges Is released by prosecutors, with sensitive portions blacked out as ordered by a judge. By Curt Anderson. AP Photos.

JUSTIN BIEBER-WOMAN TRESPASSING

ATLANTA — A woman found sleeping in a bedroom of an Atlanta-area home rented by pop star Justin Bieber tells officers that she had come to the house for the singer’s birthday party and realized she was too late for it, according to a police report. By Jeff Martin.

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