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world lead

April 14th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Officials: Russian fighter jet provokes U.S. ship

(CNN) – U.S. officials say a Russian fighter jet made a dozen low-altitude passes on the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea this weekend, in what could be the most direct confrontation between the United States and Russian forces in years.

Officials say the plane appeared to be unarmed, but the Pentagon is still calling the fly-by "provocative and unprofessional."

And if that's not reminiscent enough of the Cold War, CIA Director, John Brennan was in Kiev this weekend, a fact confirmed today by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, even though the Central Intelligence Agency had already refused to comment on Russian media reports that Brennan was there.

Meanwhile, the crisis on the ground threatens to spill over. Pro-Russia protesters have control of the police headquarters of another eastern Ukrainian city, and are refusing to blink, as the ultimatum from the Ukrainian government passed without consequence.

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April 14th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Did Ukrainian government issue idle threat? No sign of crackdown as deadline passes

(CNN) – Scores of pro-Russian protesters storm a Ukrainian police headquarters and confront the officers inside. Hundreds outside back up the intruders, chanting. A Russian flag flies from the structure as the crowd listens to activists with a megaphone at the entrance.

Monday was the day the Ukrainian government demanded pro-Russian activists give up. Instead, they appear to have overrun another key building in yet another eastern Ukrainian city.

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national lead

April 14th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

'Evil people do evil things,' says son who lost his father and nephew in Kansas shooting

(CNN) – For Will Corporon, there is no making sense of the shooting that killed his father and nephew outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City.

"Evil people do evil things, and what we will rely on is our faith to get us through this," Corporon said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tappper."
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