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   SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Crimea's self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region.
   An Associated Press photographer witnessed several hundred self-defense forces force their way onto the headquarters' premises and raise the Russian flag on the square by the headquarters.
   Ukrainian servicemen were standing guard by the main building. Crimean self-defense forces are not armed and seemed to be waiting for the Ukrainian army's decision whether to let them in.
   Russia on Tuesday signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into its territory following a referendum in which residents of Ukraine's region overwhelmingly backed the move. Ukraine and the West consider the vote illegitimate.
   The United States and the European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on Russia, targeting Russian and Crimean officials with visa bans and asset freezes.
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   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two winning tickets will split the estimated $400 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
   Lottery officials said early Wednesday a ticket purchased in Maryland and another in Florida match all six numbers drawn in Tuesday night's drawing.
   The winning numbers are: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.
   Information about the winners and the specific locations where the lucky tickets were purchased wasn't immediately available.
   The jackpot is the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, with a lump-sum option of $224 million.
   Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize.
   Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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SEATTLE (AP) - Two people were killed when a news helicopter for KOMO-TV crashed outside its station near the Seattle Space Needle, sending clouds of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.
 
The Seattle Fire Department said in addition to the fatalities, a 37-year-old man who managed to free himself from a car at the accident scene was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. No other details were immediately available.
 
The station says the copter was apparently lifting off from its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.
 
The copter and cars exploded in flames.
 
Plumes of black smoke rose from the crash scene as rescue vehicles converged on the area.
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