Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign and independent'
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine.
Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.
New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.
Missing jet reveals uncomfortable Malaysian truths
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — It's apparently a challenge to find people satisfied with the Malaysian government's performance in its search for Flight 370: A mainstream daily newspaper here ran a story Monday on praise being lavished by an anonymous Facebook user from Sweden.
Scott, Jagger's designer girlfriend, found hanging
NEW YORK (AP) — L'Wren Scott, a fashion designer and celebrity stylist who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend, was found dead in Manhattan on Monday in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Buckle up for a wild ride, and fill those brackets
College basketball fans, start your brackets.
Colts owner Jim Irsay jailed, could face felonies
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.
Firearms expert tells of Pistorius' love of guns
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius once said he mistook the sound of a washing machine for an intruder and went into "combat mode" in his house, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Months later, Pistorius killed his girlfriend by shooting her through a closed toilet door.
10 things to know about the NCAA tournament
The posturing and politicking is finished. The field has been chosen, the bracket has been set and the madness of March has finally arrived in college basketball.
Florida tops final poll of the season
Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll: