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Pistorius faces murder trial

Former Olympian and double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend — model Reeva Steencamp — as his trial, which many in South Africa are following closely, opened Monday. The trial started 90 minutes late with Pistorius pleading not guilty to all four charges against him: murder, two charges relating to discharge of firearm in a public place and one charge of illegal possession of ammunition.

Oscars roundup

The period drama 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture, and Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, and Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, took home the top acting awards at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón won the Oscar for best director. But the most buzzed about moment of the night might have been Ellen DeGeneres' A-list selfie. J-Law, Brad, Julia, Meryl, and other stars squeezed into the pic that millions would tweet so quickly that Twitter would briefly crash. Ellen's tweet has become the most retweeted post ever, almost doubling the previous record holder for most retweets, President Obama's November 2012 "four more years" re-election photo.

Kerry heads to Kiev as Ukraine crisis deepens

Russian troops have consolidated their hold on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula as the United States and others denounced the military movement, deepening the East-West standoff over the future of Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European foreign ministers announced plans for talks in Kiev aimed at easing rising tensions as Ukraine put its military on high alert and appealed for international help against a feared invasion by Russia. The uncertainty over the crisis has been roiling globalmarkets.

Latest winter storm plasters big swath of USA

The winter that just won't end is at it again. A winter storm over the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley is expected to move northeastward to the Mid-Atlantic, eventually dumping 6-12 inches of snow across a swath that includes Washington, D.C., according to the National Weather Service. The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Monday due to the storm. The closure will keep tens of thousands of commuters off the roads.

Pharrell's new album arrives

G I R L, the new album by music phenom Pharrell, is set to arrive today, the day after the singer/songwriter and storied producer performed his nominated hit Happy on the Oscars The song, from Despicable Me 2, is among 10 tracks on G I R L, which features guests Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk, the French duo who enlisted Pharrell for Grammy-winning smash Get Lucky.

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