What’s at Stake in the Crimea Referendum and How Will US React?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_49890c0dea.jpg (NEW YORK) -- On Sunday, the region of Crimea will hold a referendum on whether to declare its independence from Ukraine and ask to be absorbed by Russia. The region’s leaders have suggested they might move quickly to join Russia after the vote, but the United States and its allies have warned of sanctions if that plan goes ahead. What are they voting on? There are two questions on the ballot.

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Malaysian Pilots Probed But Their Homes Not Searched

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_c5981a94c4.jpgFacebook (NEW YORK) -- The investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has included a probe of the plane's two pilots, but Malaysian authorities said Friday they have yet to search their homes. Focus on the pilots has intensified following indications that two of the plane's communication systems were shut down in what U.S. officials believe was done manually, not by a catastrophic event.

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Oscar Pistorius Sickened by Pictures of Girlfriend's Bloody Face

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_80e42313c3.jpgAlet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius cried and vomited in court for a second time Thursday when close-up photos of his slain girlfriend's face inadvertently popped up on a screen showing evidence during his murder trial. After composing himself, the paralympian Blade Runner sat with his head in his hands, holding sheets of paper over his head.

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Leads Surrounding Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Turn No Results

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_ec961e9cdd.jpgHow Foo Yeen/Getty Images (KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- The mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues to deepen as every lead that emerges about the plane seems to evaporate. On Thursday, reports surfaced that the missing jetliner could have flown for more than four hours after it vanished from the radar, but Malaysian officials knocked that theory down.

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Pope Francis' Popularity High a Year After Leading Catholic Church

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_0de588c76d.jpgneneos/iStock Editorial/Getty Images (ROME) -- After a year with Pope Francis at the helm of the Catholic church, one thing is clear: Francis is an immensely popular man. Both American and Italian polls put the pope's popularity at almost 90 percent among Catholics. Eighty-seven percent of Italians approve of what Francis has done in the past year, with about 10 percent more women than men saying he's given the Catholic church a boost.

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