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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union on Thursday over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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FILE - In this April 4, 2001 file photo, P-3C Orion practices touch-and-go landings at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station near Oak Harbor, Wash. The similar type of the P-3 Orion, favored by the Australian and New Zealand defense forces, is used in the search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing on March 8, 2014, off the west coast of Australia. Because the search area is so remote, it’s an eight-hour round trip, leaving the planes just two or three hours to search. (AP Photo/Stevan Morgain, File)
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Afghan police forces arrive at the site of a gun battle in Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Gunmen opened fire in a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in the Afghan capital Thursday, but no guests or staff members were wounded and security forces surrounded the men, killing three and trapping a fourth, officials said. Writing on the poster read, "Happy New Year." (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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FILE - In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to reporters during briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools, and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades. Data to be released Friday, March 21, 2014, by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students suspended more than once. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. "It is clear that the United States has a great distance to go to meet our goal of providing opportunities for every student to succeed," Duncan said in a statement. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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FILE - This April 3, 2013 file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. The unplugging earlier this week of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox exchange and accusations it suffered a catastrophic theft have drawn renewed regulatory attention to a currency created in 2009 as a way to make transactions across borders without third parties such as banks. Mt. Gox’s CEO Mark Karpeles has said in a web post he is working to resolve the problems. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a Myanmarese woman cooks food inside her hut at Ma Kyone Galet village, inhabited by Moken and Myanmarese fishermen, on Bocho Island in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar. The village, located within the Lampi National Park, is home to 480 Burmese and other ethnic groups, 280 Moken and 146 from Moken-Burmese marriages, as of a 2012 count. Isolated for decades by the country’s former military regime and piracy, the Mergui archipelago is thought by scientists to harbor some of the world’s most important marine biodiversity and looms as a lodestone for those eager to experience one of Asia’s last tourism frontiers before, as many fear, it succumbs to the ravages that have befallen many of the continent’s once pristine seascapes. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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A pedestrian walks in front of a Honolulu Police Department station in Honolulu's tourist area of Waikiki on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. As Hawaii lawmakers considered a measure that would crack down on prostitution, the Honolulu Police Department requested a change that has shocked human trafficking experts and victims rights advocates: Police wanted it to remain legal for undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)
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FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file photo, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps, who founded a Kansas church that’s widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility according to Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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Cincinnati's Justin Jackson (5) tries to stop a shot by Harvard's Steve Moundou-Missi in the first half during a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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

1. US, EU RATCHET UP SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

The aim is to punish Putin for annexing the Crimean Peninsula and head off any further Russian military inroads into Ukraine.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR JET DEBRIS IN VAST INDIAN OCEAN

The first of the planes sent to investigate the rough seas for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner return empty-handed.

3. GUNMEN ATTACK FOREIGNERS IN KABUL

The restaurant inside a luxury hotel – considered one of the safest places to stay in the Afghanistan – was the scene of a bloody assault that left nine people dead, including four foreigners.

4. BLACK PRESCHOOLERS MORE LIKELY TO BE SUSPENDED

The racial disparities in American education are highlighted in a new report released by the Education Department's civil rights arm.

5. MT. GOX FINDS 200,000 OF ITS MISSING BITCOINS

The bankrupt exchange says it found them in disused electronic wallets. Another 650,000 still remain unaccounted for.

6. WHO DISCOVERED THE "LOST WORLD"

Outsiders – from fishermen and poachers to developers and tourists – and they're flocking to the Mergui archipelago in Myanmar where peaceful nomads have lived there for centuries.

7. WHERE COPS CAN HAVE LEGAL SEX WITH PROSTITUTES

Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations.

8. VIRULENTLY ANTI-GAY PASTOR LEAVES COMPLEX LEGACY

Some believe that the Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps, who died Wednesday, actually helped the cause of gay rights by serving as such a provocative symbol of intolerance.

9. HOW GOOGLE IS GUARDING AGAINST SPYING

The company has improved the encryption technology for its flagship email service – making it harder for the NSA to intercept messages.

10. QUICK UPSETS BLEMISH NCAA BRACKETS

After the tournament's first afternoon, about 95 percent of people who filled out brackets had missed at least one game.

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