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Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a shot during his team's victory Sunday over Wichita State. The Wildcats' win sent the previously undefeated Shockers home.

March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Duke went down the first day, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.

Syracuse was bounced out on Saturday by Dayton — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.

Here's one way to get students talking about global affairs: Teach it through food.

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

It's often said that the closest interaction many Americans have with other countries' cultures is through food. That kind of culinary diplomacy is particularly common in Washington, D.C., where immigrants from all over the world have cooked up a diverse food scene.

Now one scholar-in-residence at American University is using the city's food culture to teach her students about global affairs via a course on "gastrodiplomacy" — using food as a tool to foster cultural understanding among countries.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday en route to a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands.

Japan To Turn Over Nuclear Stockpile To U.S. For Safe Keeping

Japan has agreed to hand over to the U.S. a decades-old stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium that is said to be large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons.

The 700-pound cache, which had been maintained by Japan for research purposes, would be turned over to the U.S. for safe keeping, according to an agreement announced Monday at the G7 nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands. It's part of an Obama administration push to prevent the nuclear material from being stolen by potential terrorists.

A derailed Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station early Monday, in Chicago.

Chicago Subway Derails, Injuring Dozens

More than 30 people reportedly were injured after a train on the Blue Line in Chicago derailed at O'Hare International Airport early Monday morning, jumping its track and careening into a platform.

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said in a briefing with reporters that none of the injuries were considered life-threatening, but The Chicago Tribune quotes fire officials as saying that "six people are listed in fair-to-serious condition and 26 in good-to-fair condition."

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion took off Monday from a military base north of Perth. P-3s flying out of the western Australian base have led Indian Ocean search efforts.

Analysis Shows Flight 370 'Ended' In Indian Ocean, Malaysia Says

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that new analysis of the flight path of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that it "ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea.

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis

Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G-7 group of industrialized nations that is certain to focus on discussion of the international crisis.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that the Defense Ministry has been ordered to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Crimea to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

A destroyed house sits in muddy debris near Oso, Wash., on Sunday. A rain-soaked hillside let loose a wall of mud Saturday, inundating neighborhoods along the Stillaguamish River's North Fork.

8 Dead, 108 Unaccounted For After Washington State Mudslide

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Searchers pulled more bodies from a soupy mixture of muck and debris, bringing the death toll to eight, after a massive mudslide over the weekend smashed through a community in rural western Washington state.

In a news conference Monday morning (local time), Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said a consolidated list of missing an unaccounted for contained 108 names.

"It's a soft 108," he said and doesn't mean there are that many injuries or fatalities.

A cleanup worker lifts an oar near a boom in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March 1989.

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

It's a blustery, snowy March day when Michelle Hahn O'Leary offers a tour of Cordova, Alaska, situated on the eastern shore of Prince William Sound.

Workers arrive at an assembly plant located along the border.

On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez

We had just finished our time in Juarez, Mexico, when we had dinner with some distant relations on the U.S. side of the border. "You," one of my relatives said, "are the first Juarez survivors we've seen in some time."

DeLisa Tolson signed up for health insurance at a retail store set up by Connecticut's exchange.  She says she was so happy with the experience, she told all her friends.

Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare

Mike Dunn stands inside a store in downtown New Haven, looking through the big glass windows at his future customers outside. He's not selling phones or food or clothes. He's selling Obamacare.

There's one week left to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and states have gone to great lengths to enroll as many people up as possible. In Connecticut, the exchange has opened two retail storefronts where people can walk in and sign up.

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