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Brief Meeting Still Significant For Syria Talks

Smoke rises from Independence Square in Kiev, where anti-government protesters are rallying on Saturday.

Ukraine Minister Says Talks With Protesters Are 'Futile'

Anti-government protesters in Ukraine seized city hall in the capital, Kiev, as the country's interior minister said two months of efforts to resolve the unrest had been "futile."

Police warned that they might storm the administration building to free two officers they say were captured by demonstrators. Russia Today says three officers were seized and that one of them had been released and hospitalized with a stab wound.

Mike Huckabee, left, sits with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus before Huckabee spoke at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington on Thursday,

Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington this week for their annual winter meetings. They approved new rules for the 2016 presidential primaries designed to create a more orderly path to the GOP nomination — and, the party hopes, to the White House.

But this week's meeting also provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort begun a year ago to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.

This Egyptian cosmetic box of the cupbearer Kemeni, ca. 1814-1805 B.C., is made of cedar, ebony, ivory and silver.

Eternal Vanity: 'The Art Of The Dressing Table'

Ever since there have been puddles of water, human beings have gazed at their reflections.

Our need to primp and preen, whether we live in the Bronze Age or the Space Age, can be seen in a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called Vanities: The Art of the Dressing Table.

Curator Jane Adlin offers a show that reminds us that while our vanity may ultimately be in vain, the instinct goes back a long way.

An Ancient Conceit

This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, who is  charged with murder in the death of university student Brandon Robinson.

Police Make Arrest In Fatal Shooting At SC State University

Police arrested a suspect early Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a student at South Carolina State University.

A news release issued by police says Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested in a parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located and has been charged with murder in the death of Brandon Robinson, 20, who was shot and killed on Friday.

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday.

Li Na Wins A Second Grand Slam At Australian Open

China's Li Na has won her second Grand Slam title in a women's singles victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open.

The New York Times reports from Melbourne:

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes received 6,700 weapons from the Mexican government, from which he sculpted instruments.

Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally

Pedro Reyes says being Mexican is like living in an apartment where an upstairs neighbor has a leaking swimming pool.

"Just what is leaking," says Reyes, "is hundreds of thousands of guns."

He wants people to think about the availability of guns in the United States, and the impact that has in Mexico.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been fined by the NFL for unsportsmanlike behavior after his team's win over San Francisco in the NFC title game. He's seen here on the sideline after tipping a pass that led to a game-clinching interception.

NFL Fines Seattle's Richard Sherman Nearly $8,000

Days after his conduct in the NFC title game sparked a wide-ranging controversy, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been fined $7,875 for what the NFL calls unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting at the end of that game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sherman famously tipped a pass into the hands of a teammate late in that game, sealing the win for Seattle. And then he equally famously launched into a brief, but excited and loud, rant about his abilities with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

NPR's Richard Gonzales reports for our Newscast unit:

Student Is Shot And Killed At S.C. State University

Police are looking for four suspects in Orangeburg, S.C., where a student was shot and killed in an attack on the campus of South Carolina State University Friday afternoon. Officials identified the victim as Brandon Robinson, 20, a member of the school's football team.

The shooting took place at a dormitory around 1:30 p.m. The campus was locked down for hours afterward; the search for the suspects is still underway off-campus, officials said.

An undocumented immigrant in Illinois.

Immigrants Won't Be Shackled At San Francisco Court Hearings

Federal immigration officials in at least one jurisdiction — San Francisco — have agreed to limit the routine shackling of immigrants who appear in court proceedings.

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