Authorities in Kyiv have accused Moscow of provoking a deadly gunfight between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists in the eastern city of Kharkiv
At least two men were killed and five others wounded in the overnight clashes.
Rival groups both blamed each other for the violence, with Ukrainian authorities saying they feared Russia might use the trouble as a pretext to invade.
Accusing pro-Russian provocateurs, Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov urged people via social media not to fight back.
Anti-hunger organizations are lobbying states to allocate the extra money to preserve benefits as state officials agree to boost home-heating subsidies.
“By taking advantage of ‘heat and eat,’ Rhode Island is ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable residents such as the elderly and disabled citizens continue to benefit from the SNAP program,” Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat who formerly served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican, said in a statement earlier this week.
“The advantage of this provision is clear,” said Chafee, who said continuing such programs would preserve $69 million in federal money for his state, aiding about 69,000 households.
Malaysia turned the search for Flight 370 into a criminal investigation on Saturday, after the prime minister declared in a news conference that the plane had been deliberately diverted from its planned route a week ago from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and then flown as much as seven hours to an unknown destination.
The prime minister, Najib Razak, said in a news conference on Saturday afternoon that Malaysia would seek the help of other governments across a large region of Asia in trying to find the plane.
Malaysian authorities later released a map showing that the last satellite signal received from the plane had been sent from a point somewhere along on one of two arcs spanning large distances across Asia.
States frantically trying to compensate for the recent cuts in food stamps were accused by Speaker John Boehner Thursday of “gaming the system” by boosting home heating assistance to trigger additional food stamps for residents.“It’s not a sexy issue—and people don’t like to think they live in a country where one in five children go hungry. Those of us who are living fun lives don’t like to acknowledge it.”Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength, the nonprofit sponsoring the breakfast initiative, says that by keeping the focus on children—hungry children—he hopes to rebuild the partisan support that existed when Democrat George McGovern and Republican Bob Dole co-sponsored food-stamp legislation and Republican governors like Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, John Engler of Michigan, and George Pataki of New York were its biggest advocates.
Governors are key to ending food insecurity, and a handful of them are making it a priority, with California, Colorado, Maryland, and Arkansas taking the lead on the Breakfast After the Bell program.
Early this month, Russian soldiers took up positions at the television transmission center here in the capital of the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Their arrival marked part of a broad effort to muffle dissent over the Kremlin-backed project to guide Crimea through a swift secession from Ukraine.
Several days later the soldiers handed over their post to a pro-secession militia. Some of these men carried whips. Technicians took the next step, removing Ukrainian networks from the air and replacing them with state-controlled channels from Moscow.
A Pakistani judicial official reduced on Saturday the 33-year jail sentence of a doctor alleged to have helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden to 23 years, one of his lawyers said.
Shakil Afridi was convicted in May 2012 by a tribal court in the northwest. According to his lawyer, the charges were related to allegations that he gave money and provided medical treatment to Islamic militants.
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The race is expected to be among the most competitive and expensive in the nation, since it is one of a handful that could determine control of the Senate. A prodigious fund-raiser and energetic campaigner, Brown had been heavily courted by Republican leaders who consider him the party’s best chance to take on Shaheen.
American Crossroads, the super PAC affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove, said Friday that it would launch $600,000 worth of attack ads against Shaheen, starting Tuesday. The bombardment is expected to last a week.
Fox News, where Brown had been a paid contributor since early 2013, said it would end its contract with the former senator. Nixon Peabody, the Boston law firm that Brown joined a year ago, said he would remain an attorney there.
Google last month announced that it’s talking to 34 cities in nine metro areas nationwide about installing Google Fiber, and it looks like San Antonio, Texas is the first to move ahead.
“On Thursday, the City Council approved a long-term contract with Google Fiber Texas, LLC., allowing the tech company to install about 40 so-called ‘fiber huts’ at San Antonio libraries, fire and police stations, and other city buildings,” the San Antonio Express-News reported today.
Fiber huts are one of the main components of Google’s fiber networks. When Kansas City construction began in 2012, Google said, “we’ll be routing fiber connection into Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO through several equipment aggregator huts, aka ‘Google Fiber Huts.’ From the Google Fiber Huts, the fiber cables will travel along utility poles into neighborhoods and homes.”
(RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights.
Graham, who now heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started by his famous father, praises Putin in the March issue of the group’s Decision magazine for signing a bill that imposes fines for adults who promote “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
The Russian law came under heavy criticism from gay rights activists, and from Obama, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In response, Obama included openly gay athletes as part of the official U.S. delegation to Sochi.
“In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” Graham writes. “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”
Obamacare opponents have already run more than 30,000 television ads attacking the health law and Democratic candidates who support it, according to the media tracking group CMAG — a staggering 12-fold increase from four years ago. Many of the ads are being run in states with high uninsurance rates where hundreds of thousands of poor people could benefit from the Affordable Care Act, including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Nearly half of all ads that have been run about the health law in House and Senate races through March 9 are critical of the ACA. And in a reflection of the post-Citizens United political landscape, spending by outside groups without any official connection to a particular organization or party accounts for almost three-fourths of all the commercials, compared to just 13 percent in 2010.
“We knew there would be heightened public awareness around the implementation of the law, and we thought it was important to go up early with a heavy effort,” said Tim Phillips, president of the Koch brother-funded group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), in an interview with Bloomberg.
AFP has run the most anti-Obamacare ads of any political group by a large margin, targeting vulnerable Democrats who are up for re-election, such as Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The organization’s spots play up misleading “horror stories” related to the health law, such as Americans who have had their insurance policies cancelled or seen their premiums spike. But the ads’ content tends to range from exaggeration to outright misinformation — and AFP has even been caught hiring paid actors to play the roles of “real” local residents.