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Top Stories: Sanctions Follow Crimea Vote; SEALs Board Hijacked Tanker

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Our early headlines:

-- Sanctions Imposed As Crimea Asks To Join Russia

-- Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance

Multi-lingual cards about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 line a wall at a mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance

We're updating this post as new information comes in.

There's still no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 or the 239 people on board.

The plane went missing March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on what was supposed to be about a six-hour flight to Beijing.

A pile of the votes cast Sunday in Simferopol, Ukraine, the regional capital of Crimea.

Obama Says U.S. And EU Will 'Stand Firm' With Ukraine

Updated at 11 a.m. ET.

The U.S. and its European Union allies are "going to stand firm in our unwavering support for Ukraine," President Obama said Monday as he again condemned "Russia's decision to send troops into Ukraine" and said the U.S. will not recognize Crimea's bid to split off and join the Russian Federation.

Obama also confirmed reports from earlier in the day that the U.S. has joined the EU in expanding the sanctions on some Russian and Crimean officials who stand accused of undermining the sovereign integrity of Ukraine.

Clothing Retailer Lands End To Split From Sears

At the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning.

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"

Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.

Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.

EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia

Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia

Unions Mobilize To Fight Political Novice In Illinois' GOP Primary

Balancing College Dreams With The Reality Of Finances

Negotiators Gather In Vienna For Talks On Iran's Nukes