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President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

Though Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, has a Chinese-language site, many Asian-Americans prefer to buy insurance in person.

In California, Asian-Americans Flock To Health Coverage

While Latino enrollment has lagged in California's insurance marketplace, Asian-Americans have signed up on Covered California in numbers outstripping their representation in the pool of eligible people.

According to the latest data from the exchange, the overwhelming majority of Chinese-Americans, Korean-Americans and Vietnamese-Americans enrolling are doing so through certified insurance agents, as opposed to community groups or the Covered California website.

There is no charge to consumers who work with agents, whose commissions are paid by insurance companies.

Christopher Miller, who police say returned to the scene of his crime.

Rob Store, Go To Prison, Serve Time, Repeat?

A man who spent more than 13 years in jail for robbing a New Jersey shoe store returned to the scene of the crime one day after his release from prison and robbed the business again, police say.

Christopher Miller, 40, was released from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., on Friday.

Then-Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last August. The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Tebartz-van Elst spent lavishly on renovations at his residence and allegedly made false statements about expensive travel costs.

'Bishop Of Bling' Gets The Boot

The more than $40 million he allowed to be spent on renovations at his residence and allegations that he lied about some of his other lavish spending have now officially cost the "bishop of bling" his job.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had been the bishop of Limburg, Germany. He will be assigned other duties.

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.

Washington State Mudslide: Heartbreaking Search Resumes

Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 24 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates help tell the story as the day begins:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address Feb. 24 at the Performing Arts Center in Medina, Ohio.

In Ohio, Gov. Kasich Rises From Forsaken to Favorite

Early in his term, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich was considered the most unpopular governor in the country. Between that and a sputtering state economy, a second term looked like a dicey proposition.

Crew members on the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long scanned the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday as they assisted in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Earlier this year, the Xue Long assisted in the rescue of more than 50 scientists and paying passengers from a ship that got stuck in the Antarctic Ocean.

More Images, More Possible Debris, But No Sure Sign Of Flight 370

Images taken on Sunday by a French satellite show 122 "potential objects" in the area of the southern Indian Ocean that searchers are now combing for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia's acting transport minister said Wednesday.

Yudelmy Cataneda, Javier Suarez and Claudia Suarez talk with insurance agent Yosmay Valdivian at a session to sign up for health insurance in a Miami mall March 20.

Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms

Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.

Yet according to the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.

Columbus, N.M., was raided by Pancho Villa in 1916 and by federal agents in 2011.

From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town

Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.

It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.

All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Phillip Skinner, former real estate developer and maquiladora owner-turned politician and school bus driver, was inaugurated early this month, on the morning we rolled into town.

The Capitol Dome is visible through the skylights of the new Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in Washington.

How To Meet Your Congressman

For all the campaigning and schmoozing members of Congress have to do, the truth is that the vast majority of Americans will never actually meet their lawmakers.

To be fair, not everyone wants to. But among those who do want that face-to-face, there's serious competition for a lawmaker's time. So, how does an average citizen get access on Capitol Hill? The quick answer: it's not easy.

First, do the math. When it comes to face-time with a member of Congress, there are 535 of them. And there are 317 million of you.

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