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Ukraine: 25 killed, 241 injured in Kiev clashes
Written by MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 06:50

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As thick black smoke rose from the barricades encircling the protest camp in central Kiev on Wednesday, the Ukrainian president blamed opposition leaders for the deadly violence that erupted between riot police and protesters in the capital in which at least 25 people died and 241 were injured.

Thousands of defiant protesters faced rows of riot police who have squeezed them deeper into the Kiev's Independence Square, known as the Maidan, which has been a bastion for protesters, after overnight clashes that set buildings on fire and brought sharp rebuke from both the West and Russia.

The violence on Tuesday was the worst in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed Ukraine's capital in a struggle over the identity of a nation divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, and the worst in the country's post-Soviet history.

The protests began in late November after President Viktor Yanukovych turned away from a long-anticipated deal with the European Union in exchange for a $15 billion bailout from Russia. The political maneuvering continued ever since, with both Moscow and the West eager to gain influence over this former Soviet republic.

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Baby named in honor of paramedics who saved him
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:13

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A baby boy born prematurely in the back of an ambulance has been named in honor of the Southern California paramedics who saved his life.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/M7OP59 ) the new parents brought the 2-month-old baby to an Oceanside fire station Monday to announce the honor.

The mother, 37-year-old Melissa Wells-Pestana, went into labor seven weeks early, and the baby wasn't breathing and had no pulse after he was born. Rescuers gave the baby CPR as the ambulance raced about 4½ miles to the hospital.

The parents honored the fire crew by naming the child Zavier Stephan Morgan Pestana, with the middles names coming from firefighter-paramedic Steven Choi and fire Capt. Glen Morgan.

The newspaper reports Zavier slept through most of his visit to the fire station.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com


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"Green Acres"' actress Mary Grace Canfield dies
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:37

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.

Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara.

Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including "General Hospital" and "The Hathaways." She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series "Bewitched."

But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of "Green Acres," which ran from 1965 to 1971.

Monroe greeted folks in the town of Hootersville with a cheery "howdy doody," wore painters' overalls and was forever working on the Douglas family's bedroom with her brother, Alf.


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Violent clashes in Ukraine leave nine dead
Written by MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:10

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's political crisis escalated sharply Tuesday, with at least nine people killed and scores injured in violent, often fiery battles between anti-government demonstrators and police in Kiev.

The clashes outside parliament erupted after the opposition accused the government of ignoring its demands even after nearly three months of protests that have paralyzed the capital. It was the worst violence since the protests began in late November.

As darkness fell, opposition leaders warned that security forces may be preparing to clear the sprawling protest tent camp on Kiev's Independence Square. Law enforcement agencies vowed to bring order to the streets and shut down subway stations in the capital — yet an evening deadline to end street clashes passed with no immediate police action.

Thousands of protesters streamed to the square to defend the camp, where Orthodox priests prayed for peace.

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Turbulence hurts several aboard Western flight
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:35

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Severe turbulence during a United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings, Mont., sent five people to hospitals in Montana on Monday, an airline official said.

Three crew members and two passengers were injured, United Airlines spokesman Luke Punzenberger told The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1fuGKPO ). The captain declared a medical emergency as the Boeing 737 approached Billings, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1bgBbZq ).

Flight 1676 left Denver International Airport around noon and landed without incident just before 1:30 p.m. at Billings Logan International Airport, Gregor and the airline said.

One flight attendant remained in the hospital late Monday, Punzenberger said. He says 114 passengers and five crew members were aboard.

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