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Troops in unmarked uniforms stand guard wearing balaklavas on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Saturday. An emblem on one of the vehicles and their number plates identify them as belonging to the Russian military.

10 top stories of the week ending March 1

Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

1. Ukraine crisis takes an ominous turn

Because this story continues to evolve, there’s a link to our World page so you can see the latest news. For a look at why Ukraine might have ended up this way, check out Ukraine: A tale of two countries.

2. Pentagon chief wants to shrink the army to its smallest size since 1940

With the winding down of America’s post-/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined his proposals for making the military a more nimble force. He can expect a major battle on Capitol Hill.

3. Obesity drops by nearly half among U.S. preschoolers in the past decade

The findings raised a glimmer of hope that the anti-obesity message is actually getting through. The rate of obesity among children ages 2 to 5 dropped from 14 percent to 8 percent. Still, one-third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.

4. Bitcoin suffers a major setback

Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange in Tokyo, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and said 850,000 bitcoins worth several hundred million dollars are unaccounted for. That could be a heavy blow to efforts to establish the exotic new online form of money.

6. U.S. gay rights

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down the ban on gay marriage in deeply conservative Texas. On the same day, Arizona’s governor, under heavy pressure from corporations and major politicians from both parties, vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds. In Ohio, lawmakers pulled the plug on a similar bill.

7. World gay rights

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday enacted the bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in jail.

7. Nutrition labels could be headed for their 1st overhaul in 2 decades

The Food and Drug Administration wants labels to more accurately reflect the way Americans actually eat – that is, with big appetites. For example, the serving size for ice cream would jump from a half cup to a cup. Calorie and sugar counts would be in larger print, too.

8. Comedic director and writer Harold Ramis dies

The man who helped create some of the most beloved – and most-quoted – movies of the 1970s and ’80s, including “Animal House, “Caddyshack,” “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day,” died Monday at age 69 in suburban Chicago.

9. Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player in any of the four major U.S. pro sports

The NBA veteran signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and played 10 scoreless minutes that evening. The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season that he is gay.

10. This cold, snowy weather is getting old

All over the Midwest – including Fort Wayne – travel agents are hearing from people who are begging to go someplace warm. And warm-weather destinations in California, Arizona and Florida are doing more to woo tourists.

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