Edward Snowden appeared via satellite on a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Snowden said he has no regrets and would "do it again". The former NSA agent currently lives in Russia under asylum after leaking classified government documents.
A new video from al Qaeda calls for new recruits and promotes an upcoming online magazine written in English. Former CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, now New York City's deputy police commissioner for intelligence, talks about it with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.
A plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver's parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Fla., with both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries. (March 10)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford visited Los Angeles over Oscar weekend, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. He tried to talk Toronto's growing film industry, but spent most of his appearance defending past legal troubles.
Russia's occupation of Crimea is building on non-military tracks. Plus, the EU said it would make at least $15 billion in grants and loans available for Ukraine; and more. Photo: AP. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
With a strong Russian presence - and flag - lingering in the Crimean capital Simferopol, residents feel at ease. As they walk through the city, a newspaper headline attempts to reassure peace. "We don't shoot on our brothers" reads the headline under a photo of Ukrainian and Russian soldiers. Now residents hope Crimea's March 30 referendum brings even more calm. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MAN IN THE STREET, VLADIMIR GONCHAROV, SAYING "The situation is great, totally peaceful. The situation is developing towards a referendum because all Crimeans want that. Russians as well as Ukrainians and Crimean Tartars. In principle, naturally it is a reaction to the nightmare that took place in Kiev." The vote, which is expected to make the peninsula sovereign, is widely seen as a prelude for separating from Ukraine. It's also seen as a prelude to becoming a Russian protectorate. Russian forces have seized airports and government buildings in the region.
"12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" may have been making the headlines this week, but it's Disney's "Frozen" that's been making the dollars. The animated ice adventure has hit the billion dollar global box office mark. And that's on top of the two Oscars it won at the weekend. One was for Best Original Song for "Let It Go", featuring Idina Menzel, as well as Best Animated Feature. Menzel performed the song at the Academy Awards, after an awkward introduction from John Travolta. The film's success looks set to continue as well. It will start adding DVD sales to its tally when it comes out in the U.S. on March 18.
Hollywood heavyweights Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, and Willem Dafoe talk about inhabiting Wes Anderson's world in his latest movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Mar. 5)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The streets of Christchurch were flooded on Wednesday (March 05) after one of the worst storms since 1975 hit New Zealand's second biggest city overnight and in the early hours of the morning, local media said. Power was cut to hundreds of homes as emergency services were called in to rescue stranded motorists and sandbag businesses. One council worker, Sean Ryan-Harris described the scene. "We've seen a couple of cars, the waves themselves are actually going above their bonnets. It's completely flooded them out, complete chaos, it's shattered. All the sewers are spewing out, it's just not good news, eh," he said. Some schools are to remain closed until flood waters recede, New Zealand media reported.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS EDITED KRT MATERIAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: North Korea's state-run television KRT on Wednesday (March 5) said that the recent rocket launches were part of drills conducted in the isolated state. Launches of short-range missiles by the North are not uncommon as part of regular military exercises. On Tuesday (March 4), North Korea fired additional short-range missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula using a new multiple rocket launcher, South Korea's defence ministry said. It was the third time in less than a week that the North had conducted missile launches. "From last February 21 to March 4, our strategic military troops successfully conducted rocket launching exercises in different firepower units under a formal exercise plan," said an unidentified KRT news reader. "All our revolutionary strength's military a
Texas Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates for this November's gubernatorial election. Democrats nominated State Senator Wendy Davis, while Republicans picked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. (March 5)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
China raises its national flag over Tiananmen Square on the opening of the National People's Congress parliament session. Security is tight here after a mass knife attack at a railway station south west of the country. Officials blame separatists from Xinjiang - which is home to the Muslim Uighur minority. One woman threw dozens of leaflets into the air. She was dragged away screaming. It is not known what she was protesting about. Police also stopped television media from filming. The crowds, who gathered to watch, were ushered away, as 3000 hand-picked delegates started to arrive in the Beijing capital. The cars of political leaders, generals and even monks were searched by police with dogs before they entered the building. And as parliament opened, delegates held a moment of silence for the victims of the stabbing attack. But it was soon straight down to business, when Premier Li Keqiang highlighted China's economic targets for this
Thousands of protesters in Venezuela march through the streets of Caracas, demonstrating against the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. Wearing mostly white, they shouted: "We don't want a dictatorship like Cuba". These protesters are also demanding the release of dozens of activists detained since demonstrations began a month ago. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MARIA GABRIELA PEREZ, SAYING: "We need to continue in the street, we need to oust this government already. For example, I don't have children but I want them. I don't want them to have a country with a dictatorial and repressive government for the world." Groups of activists again clashed with the national guard. This kind of violence is not uncommon...at least 17 people have been killed since the unrest began. Tension is high ahead of planned events to mark the first anniversary of the death of President Hugo Chavez, who led the country for 14 years. But anti-government demonstr
On this day in history: The Boston Massacre takes place, Winston Churchill warns of the Soviet Union's growing influence in eastern Europe after WWII, Joseph Stalin dies at 73, John Belushi dies of a drug overdose, and singer Patsy Cline dies. (March 5)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
A woman was killed, and more than half a dozen others were injured, when a gas line damaged by a contractor exploded while utility crews worked to repair it. The incident happened at a residential development near Trenton, N.J. (March 4)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday (March 4) condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine's Crimea region. Visiting Kiev to show support for Ukraine's new leaders after Russian forces took control of Crimea, Kerry said there was no evidence to support Moscow's version of events - that Russian speakers are in danger in Ukraine. "We condemn the Russian Federation's act of aggression and we have, throughout this moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation we will stand with the people of Ukraine," Kerry told a news conference in the Ukrainian capital. Russian forces have taken over military installations and other buildings in Crimea, a peninsula where Russia's Black Sea Fleet has a base. President Vladimir Putin says he reserves the right to use force as a last resort to protect compatriots.
Ukrainians and Russians living in New York are keeping a watchful eye on the news from Ukraine, as tensions escalate between the two countries. Ukrainian-Catholics in New York's East Village are praying for the safety of those living in their native country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEACON METHODIUS OF ST GEORGE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH SAYING: "I would say that the animosity is not against the Russian people because the Russian and Ukrainian people. . .and we are like, have been always, close neighbors. So, there's not [sic] against the people. I would say it's most against the, maybe, government." Political tensions remain high, after ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich fled to Russia. And with Russian forces in Crimea. This Russian-American feels Ukraine should be able to decide its future: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BORIS GILZOV, RUSSIAN-AMERICAN, SAYING: "Well, I don't know all the facts right now, but I know the Crimea has traditionally be
Jared Leto's recent Oscar win for his supporting role in "Dallas Buyer Club" should see him getting plenty of job offers in Hollywood. However, the actor and musician announced on Tuesday (March 04) that he and his band, Thirty Seconds To Mars, will instead be hitting the road for a joint tour with Linkin Park and AFI. SOUNDBITE Jared Leto saying (English): "To stand on the stage in front of the Linkin Park army out there. I think it's going to be absolute insanity." The tour is set to kick off in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 8 and hit various North American venues until it wraps on September 19 in Concord, California.
U.S. President Barack Obama says Ukraine can both be a friend to the West and to Russia, as the Russian president talked tough but cooled tensions on the crisis. Showing U.S. support, Secretary of State Kerry meets Kiev's new government. (March 4)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press