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world lead

May 12th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Is Ukrainian secession vote valid?

(CNN) - A separatist leader declared Monday that eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region was not only independent, but also would ask to join Russia - a day after referendum organizers claim voters in the region chose to break away from Kiev.

Denis Pushilin, self-declared leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, told a crowd that no further referendum was needed to ask Russia to annex it.

Pro-Russian separatists held a referendum Sunday asking residents of the Donetsk region whether it should declare independence from Ukraine. Nearly 90% of voters in the area favored secession, an election official said Monday.

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national lead

May 12th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was 'baited' into 'a terrible mistake'

Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Donald Sterling at 8 p.m. ET Monday on "AC360" on CNN.

(CNN) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry but feels he was "baited" to make racist comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.

"When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that. ... I don't know why the girl had me say those things," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday.

"You're saying you were set up?" Cooper asked.

"Well yes, I was baited," Sterling said. "I mean, that's not the way I talk. I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don't talk about people."

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world lead

May 12th, 2014
04:24 PM ET

Your paycheck could get bigger

(CNN) – The Dow Jones industrial average kicked off Monday's trading day with a record high, jumping 100 points.

And the market high could trickle down to average Americans, as economists see wages climbing this year. CNN's Alison Kosik reports.

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national lead

May 12th, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Fast-moving wildfire destroys 100 homes

(CNN) - A Texas Panhandle wildfire that has destroyed homes is 35% contained, a fire official said Monday.

About 2,200 acres are threatened, and 2,100 people remain evacuated, said Troy Ducheneaux with the Texas A&M Fire Service.

Crews have not yet made aerial drops, Ducheneaux told CNN Monday morning.

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May 12th, 2014
04:17 PM ET

Second U.S. case of MERS confirmed

(CNN) – There is a second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome imported into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday.

Officials from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health are investigating. A news conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana. That patientwas released from a hospital Friday into home isolation, according to state health officials.

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