BruNews: Wednesday, March 19

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Ukraine has conceded loss in the disputed region of Crimea earlier today, having planned to evacuate all troops. This comes only one day after Russia announced it was taking the region. Top political experts predict that Russia’s annexation of Crimea has returned Russian-American relations to, if not a Cold War, certainly a “chilly” one

Long-term sleep deprivation affects brain function even after days of sleep recovery and could lead to lasting brain injury, according to a report from University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Families of the missing passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were dragged away from reporters by Malaysian government officials after exposing a banner accusing the Malaysian government of hiding the truth. Political acrimony continues to grow in Malaysia because of the missing flight.

El Paso County, Colorado agreed with complaining neighbors that several toilets hanging from a tree, an art installment outside someone’s home, is not art and must be taken down.

Women age 60 and older have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, while men only have a 1 in 11 chance, according to a report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

A World War I armament exploded at an industrial site in Belgium today, killing two construction workers.

Michael Picciano, a 65-year-old New Yorker, is suing OKCupid after a man he met on the website swindled him out of $70,000.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

A Muslim family from New York is suing the Empire State Building’s owners. They claim that two security guards dragged them from the building’s observation deck because they were praying.

Sheridan High School in Arkansas pulled seven student profiles from the yearbook, because one of the kids featured is gay. Sheridan Superintendent Brenda Hayes released a statement regarding the issue, affirming the school district’s stance on the matter, saying they “must not make decisions based on demands by any special interest group” and assuring the public it is 100% in accordance with state law.

Fed boss Janet Yellen ’67 held her first press conference today.

L’Wrenn Scott, fashion designer and Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, killed herself on Monday. She was 49.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said today that President Obama “should be particularly wary of domestic spying,” given the government’s track record of spying on civil rights leaders.

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