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California soaked but little drought help, damage
Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:20
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Traffic splashes through water pouring across Bear Valley Road in Victorville, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Victor Valley Daily Press, James Quigg)
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.

Although the storm was expected to remain strong Saturday, forecasters said such systems would have to become common for the state to make serious inroads against the drought.

"We need several large storms and we just don't see that on the horizon," National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt said Friday. "This is a rogue storm. We will dry out next week."

But the storm had yet to do serious damage either. At least not yet.

In Azusa and neighboring foothill communities about 25 miles east of Los Angeles that sit beneath nearly 2,000 acres of steep mountain slopes that just weeks ago were menaced by a wildfire, about 1,200 homes were under evacuation orders over mudflow fears but were so-far spared.

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Crimean leader claims control, asks Putin for help
Written by DALTON BENNETT, Associated Press DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:18

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The discord between Russia and Ukraine sharpened Saturday when the pro-Russian leader of Ukraine's Crimea region claimed control of the military and police and appealed to Russia's president for help in keeping peace there.

It was the latest escalation of tension between the two countries following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia.

Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports and a communications center in Crimea on Friday. Ukraine has accused Russia of a "military invasion and occupation" — a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to annex a strategic peninsula where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.

Ukraine's population is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support. Crimea is mainly Russian-speaking.

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Kerry Kennedy acquitted of drugged driving in N.Y.
Written by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 11:31

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Kerry Kennedy was acquitted Friday of drugged driving after she accidentally took a sleeping pill and then sideswiped a truck in a wild highway drive she said she didn't remember.

Kennedy hugged and clasped hands with her lawyers as a six-person jury cleared her of driving while impaired, a misdemeanor. It had carried the potential for up to a year in jail, though that would be unlikely for a first-time offender.

A human-rights advocate, Kennedy is a scion of one political dynasty — a daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy — and a onetime member of another, as the former wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Her 85-year-old mother, Ethel Kennedy, and other members of their famous family attended the trial, which drew so much attention that it was moved from a small-town courtroom to a bigger courthouse in White Plains.

Prosecutors and Kennedy's defense lawyers agreed the 54-year-old took the sleeping drug zolpidem unintentionally, mistaking it for her daily thyroid medication, before heading off to her suburban New York gym on July 13, 2012. The trial centered on whether or not she realized she was impaired and should have stopped.

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'Hogan's Heroes' star Clary marks 88th birthday
Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Clary of "Hogan's Heroes" fame says he'll be celebrating his 88th birthday this weekend at a dinner out with friends.

Clary said he considers each new day a birthday.

TV viewers still recognize him as Cpl. Louis LeBeau from the 1965-71 sitcom set in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp.

He's been off the screen for more than a decade, staying busy with his family, his hobby of painting and regular gym workouts.

Clary said he's also a voting member of the motion picture academy, with Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio his top picks for Sunday's Oscars.

Clary turns 88 on Saturday. As a teenager, the French-born actor survived the Nazi Holocaust that claimed 12 of his family members.


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Ukraine's fugitive president pledges to fight on
Written by LAURA MILLS, Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:37

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday pledged to fight for his country's future, in his first public appearance since disappearing from Ukraine.

"I intend to keep fighting for the future of Ukraine against those who are using fear and terror to seize the country," he told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Ukraine's president was last seen on Saturday.

Yanukovych also insisted he "did not flee anywhere" but left for Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

Yanukovych lambasted the West for allegedly betraying a Feb. 21 agreement between the government and the opposition, saying that recent actions by the opposition run counter to the EU-brokered agreement.


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