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Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, late Sunday, March 16, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

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Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk walks away from the microphones after speaking to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, following his meeting with President Barack Obama, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, crew members on board an aircraft P-8A Poseidon assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Eric A. Pastor)
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FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, James Robinson, File)
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A man pushes a baby buggy near a construction site of a residential real estate project in a village on the outskirts of Beijing, Monday, March 17, 2014. C(AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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File - This Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 file photo shows organic cocoa beans in storage at a factory in Ocumare de la Costa, 60 miles west of Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Oscar Pistorius, right, walks with an unidentified man while arriving at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Chris Davern marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)
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A ladder stands under a uncut net following Louisville's 71-61 win over Connecticut in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CRIMEANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO JOIN RUSSIA

Final results from the referendum in Crimea show 97 percent of the voters are in favor of splitting from the Ukraine. Ukraine's new government in Kiev calls the referendum a "circus" directed at gunpoint by Moscow.

2. OBAMA TO PUTIN: US WON'T RECOGNIZE CRIMEA VOTE

U.S. officials reaffirmed that the White House and European Union will impose penalties on Russia if it annexes the strategic region.

3. WHAT'S NEXT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINER

Australia agrees to take charge of searching for the missing Malaysian airliner over a vast section of the Indian Ocean, one of two swaths the plane is believed to have entered after its last known radar contact.

4. WHY ARMY WILL DROP SEX ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST GENERAL

Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair said he will plead to lesser charges after the prosecution's case crumbled as questions arose about whether the accuser lied in a pre-trial hearing.

5. HOW CHINA SEEKS TO GROW

China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services that would allow millions of rural resident to migrate to urban jobs.

6. A PILL THAT'S EASY TO SWALLOW

A study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. The pills are so packed with nutrients you'd have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested.

7. PISTORIUS SAID TO HAVE A "GREAT LOVE" OF GUNS

The manager of a firearms training academy took the stand at Pistorius' murder trial and told of the athlete's great love of guns. He also testified that Pistorius once recounted how he went into "combat mode" after hearing a possible intruder in his home. It turned out to be a laundry machine.

8. WHO WILL – AND WON'T – BE MARCHING IN THE NYC ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is out, as is Guinness sponsorship, because gay groups are not allowed to march openly. Ireland's head of state will be there, reasoning the parade is about "Irishness and not sexuality."

9. WHY CHRIS BROWN IS HEADED BACK TO COURT

The Grammy-winning R&B singer is facing a court hearing over his dismissal from rehab, which landed him in jail over the weekend.

10. A LOOK BEHIND THE NCAA SEEDINGS

Florida earns the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, but reigning national champ Louisville draws a No. 4 seed. The rankings are proof that to the tournament selection committee a game is a game, no matter when it's played.

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