Crimea's prime minister Sergei Aksyonov, center, enters a hall prior the talks in Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. Valentina Matvienko, speaker for Russia's upper house of parliament says Crimea would be welcome as an "equal subject" in Russia if the region votes …
MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea would be welcome as an equal part of Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Tempe man convicted in February of murder and assault in the 2010 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend is set for a court appearance.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have allowed the country's first corporate bond default, inflicting losses on small investors in a painful step toward making its financial system more market-oriented.
Dorian S. Nakamoto listens during an interview with the Associated Press, Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. Nakamoto, the man that Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin, denies he had anything to do with it and says he had never even heard of the digital currency until his son told…
Ukrainian riot police officers block pro-Russian supporters of activist Pavel Gubarev during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, March 6, 2014. Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday when lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to vo…
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Diogo Morgado in a scene from "Son of God." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Casey Crafford)
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PARIS (AP) — Michael Schumacher's spokeswoman says he is "still in the wake up phase" and that his medical situation is unchanged.
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, a skier passes by the Olympic rings at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Overshadowed by the international crisis over Ukraine, Russia welcomes the sporting world back to Sochi this week for the Winter Paralympics …
A woman walks past a barricade covered in flowers left to those killed in recent clashes in Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Friday, March 7, 2014. In the background is the Trade Unions Building, which was damaged in a fire in late February. (AP Photo/David Azia)
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Ukraine has decided against boycotting the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to journalists during a briefing with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, prior to a dinner at the U.S. Ambassador's Villa Taverna residence in Rome, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
AQUABA, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is in Jordan to meet with its king about Mideast peace.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, shakes hands with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohamad Torokman, Pool)
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says there's "no way" he'll recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker for Russia's upper house of parliament says Crimea would be welcome as an "equal subject" in Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum.
In this picture taken on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, a Lebanese nurse, left, and Syrian man, right, carry Adul-Karim, 18, a Syrian rebel who was injured during a battle against the Syrian government forces and Hezbollah fighters in Rima village near Yabroud, the last rebel stronghold in Syria'…
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 17 rebels have been killed in a battle with government troops for an opposition stronghold near the border with Lebanon.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-based group has been awarded state funding to identify environmental contaminants at a downtown property where it's planning an affordable housing project.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison in a 2012 hostage-taking case in southern Arizona.
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona transportation authorities are making improvements to a stretch of the main highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
PHOENIX (AP) — An April 21 trial has been scheduled for a plastic surgeon accused of breaking into a Scottsdale medical office to steal medicinal cocaine.
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks towards waiting reporters in front of federal court in Washington. A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Paul has been announced Thursday, March 6, 2014, as keynote speaker for the southwest Ohio GOP's annual Lincoln-Re…
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. A Republican lawmaker from his home state wants to free him from the potential dilemma by letting him run for both.