BruNews: Monday, March 3

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Ukraine told the United Nations today that 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in the Crimea region. Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that ex-president Viktor Yanukovych requested the use of Russian armed forces. The Russian military gave Ukrainian forces until 3 p.m. GMT on Tuesday to surrender or face assault, according to Ukrainian officials. Russia’s Internet monitoring agency are responsible for blocking 13 Internet pages linked to the Ukrainian protests.

President Obama warned Russia that if “they continue on the current trajectory that they’re on… we are examining a whole series of steps—economic, diplomatic–that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and its status in the world.” Shares of Russia’s two largest banks are 12 and 10 percent at the closing bell. However, U.S. stocks, following the world market, have also plummeted due to the crisis in Ukraine. The Dow closed down nearly 1% today.

Japan’s National Institute of Informatics is attempting to create a robot smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo’s entrance exam. Google’s director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, said in a recent interview that computers would outsmart humans by 2029.

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, the South African amputee track star and alleged murderer of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, began today. Pistorius pled not guilty to the charges.

Strip clubs in New York City are now few and far between, due to community leaders successfully petitioning to revoke their liquor licenses, reported the New York Times today.

Louis Corbett, a 12-year-old New Zealander with retinis pigmentosa, a disease that will cause Louis to lose his vision within the next few years, set out on an “ocular bucket list” trip to see what he deems the world’s most amazing sites before he goes blind. Read more about his journey here.  

Bill Gates reclaimed his throne in the Forbes magazine ranking of the world’s billionaires. Last year, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu topped the list.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. and top Republicans, including vocal Obama critic Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have begun collaborating on eliminating mandatory-minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

A woman in labor and her boyfriend were robbed in Annapolis, Maryland today as they were exiting their apartment.

New Jersey high school senior Rachel Canning is suing her parents to pay for her private college tuition.

Everyone knows everything that happened on the Oscars last night, but what you might not know is that the New York Times released an article from January 20, 1853 today, narrating the story Solomon Northrop, the protagonist of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. 

Infants delivered via C-section are 26% more likely to be overweight in their adult life than infants delivered vaginally, according to a study released by PLoS One.

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