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Cover Oregon: Oracle says it's not to blame

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After six months of near silence about the problems at Cover Oregon, the project's main technology contractor is fighting back.

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Ore. audit urges changes in aid to needy families

Oregon prioritized making cash payments to the state’s poorest families during the Great Recession, but as the economy recovers, the state could do more to help move clients toward jobs and self-sufficiency, according to a new audit released Wednesday by the secretary of state’s office.

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Ukraine military push appears to stall

Ukraine's attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall on Wednesday.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.

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Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers.

South Korean ferry sinks, rescuers

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What caused South Korean ferry to sink?

As divers searched frigid waters off South Korea in low visibility, hoping to save hundreds of passengers, a dominant theory emerged about how the ferry sank on Wednesday.

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Pacific Power outage over for 477 in NE Bend

A goose hit a power line in northeast Bend Wednesday morning, causing an hours-long outage affecting nearly 500 Pacific Power customers near Pilot Butte, officials said.

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Portland officer wounded, dog killed in shootout

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland police dog sicked on a burglary suspect was fatally shot early Wednesday, and his handler was wounded.

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Oregon schools hiring teachers again

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After years of layoffs or weak hiring, many school districts in Oregon are hiring teachers.

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Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir.

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Portland's car-free bridge named Tilikum Crossing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After getting nearly 10,000 suggestions for the name of Portland's new bridge, officials have announced the winner.

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'Kill switch' coming to U.S. phones in 2015

The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

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Flaherty, Hummel trade more jabs in third forum

Flaherty Hummel trade more jabs in third forum

In their first two debates, Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty and  challenger John Hummel went back and…

Park board: NHL-sized rink for Simpson Pavilion

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The Bend Parks and Recreation Board made more decisions Tuesday evening about the details of the Simpson Pavilion, one of…

Year later, Redmond runner reflects on Boston bombing

Redmond runner reflects on bombing

A Redmond runner who crossed the finish line just moments before the bombs went off, in Boston last year reflects on the…

Patient counts surge, ebb in Cover Oregon's wake

Sliding scale of patients after Cover Oregon

Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of people who previously had no insurance now have access to health care, and that…

New program takes bite out of kids' tooth decay

Rooting out a problem

A Central Oregon dental nonprofit has launched a new school program to battle tooth decay among children.

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Flaherty, Hummel trade more jabs in third forum

Flaherty Hummel trade more jabs in third forum

In their first two debates, Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty and  challenger John Hummel went back and…

Prineville man cited in wild Redmond DUII crash

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A 61-year-old Prineville man faces DUII, hit-and-run and other charges after his pickup left a path of destruction in and…

Deschutes County judicial candidates square off

Candidates for Des Co Judge Square Off

Two candidates for Deschutes County Circuit Judge Position 5 faced off Monday night in a question-and-answer forum at a…

Savings fall, debt rising as economy recovers

NeighborImpact offers money coaching

More and more Americans find themselves in the red, without any emergency savings and spending more than they have. But…

UNC: Experts see flaws in whistleblower work

Poorly written paper earns UNC Chapel Hill student A-minus

The University of North Carolina says that three independent experts in the field of adult literacy have finished a…

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Obama Biden jobs near Pittsburgh

Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday…

Judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

Abortion rights, anti-abortion supporters

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is…

What caused South Korean ferry to sink?

South Korean ferry sinks, rescuers

As divers searched frigid waters off South Korea in low visibility, hoping to save hundreds of passengers, a dominant theory…

Shipwreck: Passengers 'forced to stay put'

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Passengers aboard a sinking South Korean ferry faced a terrifying choice as the vessel rolled: obey commands barked over…

US Airways won't fire worker who sent lewd tweet

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The US Airways employee responsible for sending out a pornographic tweet Monday will not be fired, the company said, because…

Canadians arrest a Heartbleed hacker

Heartbleed security flaw

Canadian mounties have arrested a teenager who, they say, used the Heartbleed Internet bug to hack into the country's tax…

Ukraine military push appears to stall

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Ukraine's attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall on Wednesday.

In Donetsk, six…

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Sebelius: ACA hits 7.5 million sign-ups

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The number of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act stands at 7.5 million -- an increase of 400,000 since the Obama…

Poll: Rate of uninsured Americans drops

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A new survey indicates 15.6 percent of Americans don't have health insurance, marking the lowest rate since 2008.

HHS secretary: Work is far from over

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius showed her appreciation to her department's employees after more than…

Obama: 7.1 million sign up for health care

Obama touts ACA success

President Barack Obama declared success Tuesday, saying 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare through federal and…

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Pay it Forward: Ochoco Elem. library needs books

Pay it Forward Ochoco Elem Library gets boost

Students at Ochoco Elementary spend time every day reading in the library. But what do the kids do when some of the shelves are bare and the books are outdated? In this segment of Pay it Forward, we help give the Mustangs a little library makeover.

Pay it Forward: 'Carly's Kids' have outdoor fun

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Pay it Forward is NewsChannel 21’s segment bringing awareness to the good things happening around us every day here in Central Oregon. This month’s unsuspecting “target” is dedicated fifth-grade teacher Sandy Phillips – not for her classroom activities, but her efforts to support kids outside of the classroom.

Pay it Forward: 'Backpacks in Bend' feeds kids

Pay it Forward Backpacks in Bend

Imagine being a child going to school hungry Monday morning. That's the reality for hundreds of Central Oregon students, but "Backpacks in Bend" is helping solve the problem -- and this year's "Pay it Forward' selection.

Pay it Forward: 'Kits for Kids' helps homeless students

More than 20,000 Oregon students are homeless, and many live in Central Oregon. But one Bend organization is working to help make things a little easier for those kids.  

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Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Obama Biden jobs near Pittsburgh

Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday…

Detroit reaches deal limiting pension cuts

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Detroit's emergency manager and pension funds for 23,000 workers and retirees hammered out tentative deals on Tuesday,…

Feel good Wednesday: Markets up 1%

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Investors did a happy dance on Wednesday as earnings, economic data and Janet Yellen brought good news.

The Dow soared 162…

'A scammer stole my tax refund'

Pamela Knighton

Pamela Knighton, a 51-year-old social worker from Cuthbert, Ga. who earns less than $25,000 a year, had been really looking…

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Judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

Abortion rights, anti-abortion supporters

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is…

2014 midterms: What's at stake

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Their approval rating is horrendous. They rarely get along or get anything done. So here's your chance to do something about…

Will Chelsea Clinton go into the family business?

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Chelsea Clinton is once again keeping the door open to a possible run for office in the future.

Has Aung San Suu Kyi lost her voice?

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Having endured nearly 15 years of house arrest with grace and courage, Aung San Suu Kyi has earned a reputation throughout…

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Patient counts surge, ebb in Cover Oregon's wake

Sliding scale of patients after Cover Oregon

Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of people who previously had no insurance now have access to health care, and that…

New program takes bite out of kids' tooth decay

Rooting out a problem

A Central Oregon dental nonprofit has launched a new school program to battle tooth decay among children.

Obesity during pregnancy raises stillbirth risk

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Pregnant women who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn baby, according to a new study…

Fussy infants and toddlers watch more TV

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Does your baby have difficulty calm him or herself? Falling and staying asleep? It can be stressful, especially for new…

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UNC: Experts see flaws in whistleblower work

Poorly written paper earns UNC Chapel Hill student A-minus

The University of North Carolina says that three independent experts in the field of adult literacy have finished a…

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Obama Biden jobs near Pittsburgh

Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday…

Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' turns 15

Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

During 15 years of talking to high school students about sex and bullying, Laurie Halse Anderson has continued to get the…

Billy Joel surprises NY school kids at tribute concert

Billy Joel at school

When a New York elementary school invited rock star Billy Joel to a tribute concert of his greatest hits, the last thing…

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US Airways won't fire worker who sent lewd tweet

US Airways tweet

The US Airways employee responsible for sending out a pornographic tweet Monday will not be fired, the company said, because…

'Kill switch' coming to U.S. phones in 2015

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The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015,…

Facebook to require Messenger app

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Mobile users who have gotten used to chatting with their friends via Facebook will soon have to make sure they've downloaded…

Solar plane set to circle globe

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Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting…

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U.N.: To slow warming, no 'business as usual'

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Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the…

New volcanic island eats its neighbor

Japan island eats another island

One Japanese island has swallowed another.

Chinese residents line up for bags of fresh air

Chinese line up for bags of fresh mountain air

Whatever the motive behind the event, it made for some powerful images of some China residents' desperation for better air.

Climate change could cost $100 billion a year

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Tackling the effects of climate change could cost governments around the world more than $100 billion a year, a United…

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Tanaka dominates Cubs in 3-0 victory

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Masahiro Tanaka allowed a pair of bunt singles and struck out 10 in eight dominant innings, leading the New York Yankees to…

UNC: Experts see flaws in whistleblower work

Poorly written paper earns UNC Chapel Hill student A-minus

The University of North Carolina says that three independent experts in the field of adult literacy have finished a…

Clippers' Griffin gets one-game suspension

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul…

Report: LB Smith may not play for 49ers in 2014

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who was arrested over the weekend for making false bomb reports at a Los…

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Family dog called to jury duty in New Jersey

Dog summoned for jury duty

Man's best friend is called upon to perform his civic duty in New Jersey -- as a juror.

Portland woman awakened by cat escapes house fire

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland woman says it was her cat that awoke her and not the fire alarm when a blaze began burning…

Eugene mail carrier files suit over dog attack

Ex-Bend postal worker sentenced for $156,000 in thefts

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene postal worker seeks more than $180,000 in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a dog that…

'Smelly cat' returned to shelter

Smelly cat

A cat was returned to a shelter after it's owners claimed he was too flatulent.

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Toyota's frumpy Camry gets a New York make-over

2015 Camry

In a bid to maintain its standing as America's most popular car, Toyota unveiled a substantially redesigned -- and less…

All-new Acura TLX bows in New York

After seeing the concept version earlier this year, Acura is now showing off the production version of its all-new 2015 TLX…

New Jeep takes small package off road

Jeep is hoping its new small SUV with global roots will be a big hit here at home.

All-new Hyundai Sonata revealed

Hyundai revealed the all-new 2015 version of its popular mid-size Sonata sedan Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.

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Rapper severs penis, jumps off building

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Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said.

Jay Z's 'Made in America' fest heading west

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It wasn't the grand announcement fans were hoping for, but it will do.

Jay Z's Budweiser "Made in America" festival will…

Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg are engaged

Jenny McCarthy on red carpet

What are the odds that Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg will give us the '90s wedding of our dreams? The former Playboy…

'Magic Mike' sequel gets title, release date

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Channing Tatum's "Magic Mike" is back in action. On July 3, 2015, Tatum's stripper with a heart of gold will be back in…

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5 actors who haven't aged well

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Remember those celebrities of the '80s we all drooled over? Turns out reality hit a lot of them hard, including these five…

Wayans talks second 'Haunted House,' embracing success, failures

Gabriel Iglesias and Marlon Wayans in 'A Haunted House 2'

Actor-filmmaker Marlon Wayans talks about his latest parody, the horror movie spoof "A Haunted House 2."

Emma Thompson through the years

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As she celebrates her 55th birthday, take a look at images of Emma Thompson throughout her career.

5 surprising celebrity soap opera stars

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Think soap operas are filled with nothing but second-rate actors? Clearly you haven't heard about these five celebrities…

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Selfie-taker gets kicked in head by train conductor

Selfie-taker gets kicked by conductor

A man attempting to take a selfie as a train zips past him was kicked in the head by the train's conductor.

Teacher arrested on DUI charge while driving to school

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A high school teacher was arrested and charged with driving under the influence while on her way to school on a Monday…

Mom fends off intruder during 911 outage

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A Washington state mother takes matters into her own hands when someone broke into her home during a 911 outage.

Family dog called to jury duty in New Jersey

Dog summoned for jury duty

Man's best friend is called upon to perform his civic duty in New Jersey -- as a juror.

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US Airways won't fire worker who sent lewd tweet

US Airways tweet

The US Airways employee responsible for sending out a pornographic tweet Monday will not be fired, the company said, because…

MH370: Passengers' families release questions

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Families of some of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers released a list of questions Wednesday that they…

Flight attendant brings comedy to safety talk

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A Southwest Airlines flight attendant turns a routine safety announcement into an all-out comedy skit.

Don't make these stupid travel mistakes

Teen threatens American Airlines

Foolishness -- at home or abroad -- rarely yields great results. So please stop doing stupid stuff while traveling. Just…

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KFC brings back its fabled Double Down

KFC Double Down

KFC is bringing back the Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich that uses two fried chicken filets as a bun. But like a…

World's best pizza not in Italy

Johnny Di Francesco

Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world. Well, sort of.

McDonald's fights back with free coffee

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It's another salvo in the ongoing fast-food breakfast war: McDonald's announced Friday that it will offer customers…

Woman finds dead frog in Pret A Manger salad

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A Wall Street Journal staffer returning to the newsroom found a stomach-churning stowaway after opening her Pret A Manger…

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Trying to find time to work out and spend time with your kids can be difficult. One way to keep you and your child healthy…

25 healthiest cities for women

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From "greenest" to happiest to safest, check out the healthiest spots for women in the U.S.

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We pay tribute to some of the best known moms from television.

Top cities for working moms

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Forbes ranks the top cities in the U.S. for working moms based on earnings, safety and school districts.

Moms: 10 affordable ways to treat yourself

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You’re thinking of everyone else this year, except the one person who matters most -- you.

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Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?

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Is there a difference between organic and regularly grown food when it comes to nutrition, safety and price? Find out here.

Drinking enough water important for kids and adults

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It's just as important for kids to drink enough water each day as it is for adults. Find out why here.

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Are fruit juice drinks healthy for your kids, or should you avoid them because of their high sugar content? Find out here.

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Use these tips to help your kids eat healthier.

Why well-baby visits are essential

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You should always be sure keep your well-baby visit appointments with your baby's pediatrician because the visits help your doctor check on the growth and development of your child.

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Pronghorn, in the News

It's been named home to one of the top golf courses in the United States. And now, Pronghorn Resort is getting bigger --…

Winter Cycling

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When winter comes to Bend it’s no reason to stop mountain biking. I think you will find some of the nicest conditions of…

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Ukraine military push appears to stall

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Ukraine's attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall on Wednesday.

In Donetsk, six…

Putin: Ukraine on 'brink of civil war'

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The escalating conflict in Ukraine "essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war," Russian President Vladimir…

Ukraine hikes rates in bid to defend economy

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Ukraine's central bank has hiked its benchmark lending rate for the first time in eight months amid an escalating…

No crackdown as Ukraine deadline passes

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Scores of pro-Russian protesters storm a Ukrainian police headquarters and confront the officers inside. Hundreds outside…

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Pictures of the all-new Acura TLX

The all-new Acura TLX replaces two other sedans in the Acura lineup with one premium ride.

Images of the 2015 Jeep Renegade

Jeep's latest offering may be smaller than other Jeeps, but just as capable.

New Jeep takes small package off road

Jeep is hoping its new small SUV with global roots will be a big hit here at home.

All-new Hyundai Sonata revealed

Hyundai revealed the all-new 2015 version of its popular mid-size Sonata sedan Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.

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