Putin Responds as Obama Announces Russian Sanctions

Posted by Associated Press on March 17, 2014

UPDATE: 3/18/2014 7:57am

President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s move to annex Crimea, saying that the rights of ethnic Russians have been abused by the Ukrainian government.

In a televised address to the nation today, Putin says Crimea’s vote Sunday to join Russia is in line with international law, reflecting its right for self-determination.

He points at the example of Kosovo’s independence bid, …

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4.4 Quake Hits L.A. Area

Posted by Associated Press on March 17, 2014


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seismologists now say the earthquake that rolled across Los Angeles before dawn was magnitude 4.4.

The 6:25 a.m. Monday temblor was initially estimated at 4.7.

The quake was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center and occurred at a depth of about 5 miles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has received no immediate reports of damage.

The quake …

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Off-duty Firefighters Attack Homeless Man

Posted by Steve Herman on March 17, 2014

SEATTLE — An off-duty firefighter was stabbed and is facing criminal charges with another firefighter after attacking a homeless man sleeping on a memorial for fallen firefighters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, fire and police said.

The attack happened on Saturday when the two off-duty firefighters and a woman, all apparently drunk, walked by the sleeping man. According to witnesses, the woman …

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2 dead as Drunk Driver Veers into Crowd at SXSW

Posted by Jake Baez on March 13, 2014

According to the Associated Press, Austin Police say two people have died after a car drove over temporary barricades being used to manage the crowd distribution at the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians.

Lt. Brian Moon says 21 others were transported to various hospitals, most with minor injuries. He says five to seven had more serious injuries.

Moon confirms …

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Life in Prison for NW Killing Spree

Posted by Steve Herman on March 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A woman who claimed ties to white supremacist prison gangs has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that involved four deaths in three states, guaranteeing herself a life sentence.

Holly Grigsby and David Pedersen were accused in the killings of Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash, an Oregon teenager and a California man.

Pedersen previously pleaded guilty in …

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