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Police say 20 officers wounded by gunfire in Kiev

Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:31 Published in National News
   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian police say more than 20 officers have been wounded by gunfire in the capital as violence between anti-government protesters and police continues despite the declaration of a truce.
   A statement from the Interior Ministry on Thursday said the gunfire appeared to be coming from the national music conservatory, which is on the edge of the downtown square housing an extensive protest tent camp. It did not say when the officers were wounded, but added that they were receiving treatment on Thursday.
   Also Thursday, the parliament building was evacuated because of fears protesters were preparing to storm it, said parliament spokeswoman Irina Karnelyuk.
   Thick black smoke from barricades of burning tires belched from the protest camp.
 

2 members of punk band Pussy Riot held in Sochi

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 04:28 Published in National News
   SOCHI, Russia (AP) - A Russian human rights activist says two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been detained near the Olympics in downtown Sochi.
   Semyon Simonov says he was with Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at the time. He says the two women have been accused of theft, and says several other activists were also detained by police.
   Alekhina and Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison but were released in December. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow's most prominent cathedral in opposition to President Vladimir Putin's government.
   Alekhina and Tolokonnikova recently visited the U.S. to take part in an Amnesty International concert.
 

   A Missouri House committee is considering a bill that would make last month's visit by a TV reporter to Kirkwood High School a felony.  The KSDK reporter's visit prompted a lockdown after he wandered off unescorted and school administrators were unable to reach the TV station to verify he was working on a story about school security.  

   The bill's sponsor Richmond Heights Democrat Stacey Newman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that information about school security needs to be private to ensure that procedures are effective.  

   But not everyone on the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee agrees.  Kansas City Democrat Brandon Ellington says it would be passing a bill to stop people from exposing the holes in a system that shouldn't have holes.  

   The station has apologized for the incident.

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