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Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin militia fired warning shots as unarmed foreign observers tried to enter Crimea on Saturday while Russia stepped up its Cold War-style standoff with the West over Ukraine by threatening to keep Washington from checking on its nuclear arms. The dangerous escalation in the flashpoint Black Sea peninsula that Russia effectively seized from Ukraine last week saw 40 gunmen in balaclavas and military fatigues fire warning shots above a car moving in front of a convoy of 57 civilian and military observers from the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A source with the monitoring mission said "probably three shots" were fired as the OSCE buses tried and failed for the third successive day to check on the frozen conflict that has pitted overwhelmed Ukrainian troops against what they say are Russian Black Sea Fleet soldiers and Kremlin-backed militias.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant South Carolina woman pointed to the ocean, locked the doors and rolled up the windows, telling her three children she was "trying to take them to a better place" as she drove her minivan into the surf, authorities said.
Three Americans were aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing off the coast of Vietnam, a US State Department spokeswoman confirmed Saturday. "At this time, we can confirm that three US citizens were on board," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370," she continued, adding that the US government is providing no additional information about the Americans on the missing flight "out of respect for them." Rescue planes on Saturday were searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, which was carrying 239 passengers.