Crimea’s Leader Cements Power, Asks Moscow’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsThe pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of the military and police there Saturday and appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace,…

Oscar horse race to be a photo finish – Washington Post

Washington PostLOS ANGELES — Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That…

Thai protesters scale back rallies – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleOpposition protesters in Thailand have been dismantling barricades in the capital, Bangkok, in the wake of renewed violence. A city park is becoming the focus for rallies aimed at…

A ‘deeply concerned’ Obama warns Russia against action in Crimea – Washington Post

Washington PostSEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Heightened Russian military activity in Crimea on Friday prompted a stern warning from President Obama and a deepening sense of crisis among the leaders of the…

Oscars: What to watch out for – BBC News

BBC NewsThe voting is over. With only one day to go, here’s a look at what this year’s Oscar race could throw up. The Best Picture race is tougher to…

Russia Warned Over Unrest in Ukraine’s Crimea Region – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalArmed men wearing camouflage but bearing no identifying insignia were occupying the perimeter of Simferopol Airport in the pro-Russia region of Crimea, Ukraine. Photo: Getty Images. Ukraine’s new…

Comic arrested for intoxication at Canada casino – Washington Post

Washington PostWINDSOR, Ontario — A Canada casino says a performance by U.S. comic George Lopez will go on as scheduled Friday after he was arrested for alleged public intoxication. Ceasars…

Death toll from Venezuela street protests rises to 18 – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukScattered barricades blocked streets and protesters battled police in some Caracas neighbourhoods Friday even while life went on as usual in others as a political standoff persisted through the second…

DC area appointments for March 3 – Washington Post

DC area appointments for March 3Washington PostSend information about promotions, appointments and personnel moves in the Washington area to Appointments, Business News, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington,…

How Oscar campaigning got political – BBC News

BBC NewsWhen the trophies are handed out at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony they will ostensibly go to those who’ve displayed excellence in the eyes of the membership of the Academy…

Slum Dwellers in Caracas Ask, What Protests? – New York Times

New York TimesAntigovernment protesters blocking a street in San Cristóbal, in western Venezuela, decorated their barrier like a beach scene. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times. the main…

Tensions Mounting as Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invading Crimea – Businessweek

BusinessweekUkraine’s acting president accused Russia of invading his country’s southern Crimea region, where unidentified gunmen seized airports and other facilities, fueling tension as the interim Ukrainian government took office. Russia…

Dazzling February sets up Miami Heat for stretch run to playoffs – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comA not-so-subtle trend has emerged recently for the Heat. The two-time defending champions are destroying every team they play. The Heat finished off its best month of the season Thursday…

Chicago man lobs class-action sueball at MtGox – Register

RegisterFriday’s bankruptcy filing wasn’t the only time the name “MtGox” was heard in a courtroom this week. Predictably, the cash-strapped Bitcoin exchange is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit…

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a…

Venezuelan protests persist at start of holiday – Washington Post

Washington PostCARACAS, Venezuela — The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez’s death did not completely pull protesters…

Ukraine airline says Crimea airspace closed after gunmen show up at airports – Fox News

Fox NewsKIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine International Airlines says it has canceled flights to and from the regional capital of Crimea due to the closure of the airspace over the peninsula.…

Migrants flock to Spanish enclave of Melilla – Washington Post

Washington PostHundreds of people from neighboring Morocco have been storming the border fence to get into Europe. Feb. 28, 2014 Would-be immigrants jump over a fence into the North African…

Pro-Russia separatists flex muscles in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula – Washington Post

Washington PostSIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred armed men in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea’s regional capital…

Belfort gives up title shot after Nevada bans TRT – Washington Post

Washington PostVitor Belfort dropped out of his upcoming UFC middleweight title shot on Thursday a few hours after the Nevada Athletic Commission banned testosterone replacement therapy. Belfort was scheduled to…

Panthers re-sign K Graham Gano to 4-year deal – Washington Post

Washington PostCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers say they have re-signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. Gano was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Financial terms were…

Ukraine crisis: Crimean airports occupied – BBC News

BBC Newstweets: Numerous military trucks without markings without plates moving around #Sevastopol. #Ukraine #maidan #euromaidan pic.twitter.com/jiEqAc2WiH. 10:31: Breaking News. Ukraine’s interim President, Olexander Turchynov, has dismissed the head of …Russian…

Japan minister calls bitcoin ‘collapse’ expected – Washington Post

Washington PostTOKYO — Japan’s finance minister scoffed at bitcoin woes as inevitable Friday, and Vietnam banned the virtual currency, but enthusiasm was undimmed among its supporters in the aftermath of…

US Moves Toward Atlantic Oil Exploration, Stirring Debate Over Sea Life – New York Times

New York TimesA blue whale near rigs off Southern California. Experts disagree on the effects of seismic surveys on sea mammals. Credit David McNew/Getty Images. the main story. the main…

Kentucky loses to Arkansas again, 71-67 in OT – Washington Post

Washington PostLEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky players only had to look at the boxscore to see how they lost another overtime game to Arkansas. With each missed free throw in the…

Teen is fatally shot in daylight attack in SE DC – Washington Post

Teen is fatally shot in daylight attack in SE DCWashington PostA 17-year-old Southwest Washington youth was fatally shot Thursday afternoon on a sidewalk in Southeast Washington in the ninth such…

TSA agent nearly rejects Washington, DC , driver’s license, sparking outrage – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsTo some parts of the country, Washington, D.C., might as well be its own nation. A Washington resident was flabbergasted earlier this month when a Phoenix Transportation…

Google’s new web gallery helps you find public map data – Engadget

EngadgetA number of organizations offer public map data through Google Maps, but finding it can be tricky — if you even know it exists. That may not be an issue…

Nevada commission bans testosterone replacement – Washington Post

Washington PostLAS VEGAS — Nevada state regulators are banning mixed martial arts fighters from using testosterone replacement therapy. The Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously Thursday in Las Vegas to quit…

Why Aren’t Christie, Zuckerberg, and Booker Defending Newark’s School Chief? – Businessweek

BusinessweekChris Christie, second from left, Cami Anderson, superintendent of the Newark schools, third from left, and Corey Booker, right, visit Science Park High School in Newark, N.J., in 2011. Remember…

Clueless TSA agent had no idea where Washington, DC was – New York Post

New York PostA geographically-challenged airport security agent nearly turned away a woman with a valid Washington, DC identification card — because she had no clue where the District was, or…

Why has no one asked Chris Christie about Bridgegate? – Washington Post (blog)

Why has no one asked Chris Christie about Bridgegate?Washington Post (blog)Over the last two weeks, Chris Christie has spent several hours fielding questions from New Jerseyans in two town halls…

Rihanna eyes up Paris fashion industry – Washington Post

Washington PostRihanna is no stranger to the industry: she’s created collections for two fashion labels before for Armani in 2011, and for high-street brand River Island. She may hope to…

Jeff Gordon gets revenge on Internet troll with a phony police chase – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIntent on clearing their names, Gordon and his sponsor teamed up again. They brought one of those Internet doubters — Travis Okulski from the car blog Jalopnik — down…

US Attorney General Eric Holder Rushed to Washington DC Hospital – The Root

The RootA Justice Department official released the following statement viewed by NBC Washington: “During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Attorney General began experiencing symptoms including faintness and…