March 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Top U.S. officials warned against further Russian military aggression into eastern Ukraine as Americans and Western allies prepared to slap more sanctions on Russian officials and to protect the new government in Kiev. Sanctions could be announced as soon as Monday, officials said, and would send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin following Sunday's vote on a Russian-backed referendum to split Crimea from Ukraine. The U.S. rejected the vote and top lawmakers called it a sham.
March 10, 2014 |
Coach Doc Rivers insists to reporters that he doesn't look at the NBA standings, even though there is a board inside the Clippers locker room that lists the standings for him to see, for his players to see, for everyone to see. If Rivers were to glance at the standings, he would see that his team is climbing in the tough Western Conference. The Clippers are the fourth-seeded team in the West, just three games behind conference-leading San Antonio. The Clippers are only 2½ games behind the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the West and a half-game behind the third-seeded Houston Rockets.
March 9, 2014 |
United Airlines, the nation's third-largest carrier, is cracking down on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago carrier was recently ranked eighth among the nation's top 10 carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
March 4, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - As thousands of Russian and Ukrainian troops stare each other down in Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula, the worlds-apart views from Moscow and Washington over the dangerous faceoff suggested Tuesday that a resolution was far from imminent. At the same time, signs emerged from the Kremlin and Kiev that both sides were wary of escalating the crisis, in which one nervous reaction could spark a shooting war. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, during a visit Tuesday to the Ukrainian capital, accused Russia of gun-barrel diplomacy and brutish behavior more befitting the war-racked 19th century.
March 4, 2014 |
The causes of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine are many, but most fundamentally its roots can be found in an enormously consequential decision made by the United States and its allies in the early 1990s. Faced with a strategic challenge of constructing a new security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, the decision was made to embark on a program of gradual NATO expansion to the east. A first round of accession took place in 1999, with membership for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's plans to impose punitive economic sanctions on Russia - potentially its strongest response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine - already are facing resistance from administration allies in Congress and Europe. Although administration officials say they are prepared to freeze assets of top Russian officials and possibly target state-run financial institutions, European allies - who are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas supplies - signaled they aren't ready to follow suit.