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world lead

March 7th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

Ukrainian military base in Crimea under siege

(CNN) – The standoff is beginning to boil over in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula after days of tension.

The Ukrainian military says that a group of Cossacks smashed the gates of a base that controls all the airspace in southern Ukraine, using a Russian military truck. Some Ukrainian officers are said to be barricaded inside the control room. Others are reportedly trying to negotiate with the force outside, which still claims to be a Crimean self-defense group, not Russian.

CNN's Matt Chance reports from Ukraine.

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politics lead

March 7th, 2014
02:16 PM ET

Rep. Royce: The U.S. has 'real leverage' over Russia

(CNN) – The United States expanded a visa ban and set the groundwork for sanctions against Russians and others over the crisis in Ukraine, a response to Russia's military intervention in the Crimean peninsula last week triggered by political upheaval in Kiev.

But even as the ink dried on the Obama administration's first set of sanctions, Washington ratcheted up the debate.

A proposal from Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calls for the U.S. and its allies to boycott the upcoming G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia and consider expelling Russia from the G-8. It also calls for more sanctions on banks, and state agencies.

"What's been missing in all this is the very real leverage on Russia," said Royce.
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world lead

March 7th, 2014
01:59 PM ET

U.S. warship crosses into Black Sea

(CNN) – The U.S. military is on the move. A U.S. guided missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, entered the Black Sea Friday, part of a previously planned military exercise with Romania and Bulgaria.

But it comes as tension in neighboring Ukraine continues to simmer. CNN's Ivan Watson reports from the Bosphorus Strait.

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money lead

March 7th, 2014
01:51 PM ET

Hiring surprisingly stronger in February

New York (CNNMoney) – The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services.

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, marking an improvement from January and topping economists' expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%, from 6.6% the prior month as more Americans joined the labor force. Both numbers were reported by the Department of Labor on Friday morning.

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politics lead

March 7th, 2014
01:36 PM ET

Perry ignites audience at CPAC

(CNN) – A fired-up Gov. Rick Perry, who’s considering another presidential bid, kicked off Friday morning with a rousing speech, declaring “It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas.”

The longtime Texas governor reiterated his consistent message proclaiming “red state America” is better off than blue states because of conservative governors who push limited government and entitlement reform.

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