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One of the armed masked men who call  themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force aims his Klashnikov rifle at a checkpoint under a Russian national (L) and Russian naval (R) flags on a highway that connect Black Sea Crimea  peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on Feb. 28, 2014. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Tri-State Area Ukrainians On Edge As Obama Weighs In On Russia’s Movements

As the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, Ukrainians living in the Tri-State area are on edge.

02/28/2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: T.J. Oshie #74 of the United States celebrates after scoring on a shootout against Sergei Bobrovski #72 of Russia to win the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Instant Classic: Oshie’s Epic Shootout Lifts U.S. Over Russia

T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken five shots at Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even.

02/15/2014

An Olympic snowboarder competes under the Sochi sun. (Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Olympic Visitors Go Sunbathing, Swimming In Warm Sochi

Forget the parkas and stocking hats. Sunscreen and shades are the must-have items at the Sochi “Winter” Games.

02/12/2014

Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City.

De Blasio Welcomes Formerly Imprisoned Russian Punk Band Members To City Hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot to City Hall Friday.

02/07/2014

Construction work at the Gorky Gorod 960 hotel is seen prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics at the Mountain Cluster on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

‘Pampered’ Media Members Facing Backlash For Tweeting Sochi Problems

Complaints have been flooding in — and going viral — as journalists get settled for the Winter Olympics. But just as quickly there’s backlash forming from people who say the grumbling is over the top.

02/06/2014

Picture of a road sign taken as a plane lands on February 4, 2014 in Sochi before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

US Warns Of Explosives In Toothpaste Tubes Ahead Of Sochi Olympics

The threat was passed onto airlines that have direct flights to Russia, including some that originate in the United States, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

02/06/2014

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White waves during a press conference at Gorky Media Center the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 5, 2014. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadians Criticize ‘Scared’ Shaun White For Withdrawing From Olympic Slopestyle

The U.S. star pulled out of the event Wednesday, about 24 hours after being banged up on a course that riders are criticizing as unduly harsh. Reaction came from several corners, not all of them positive.

02/05/2014

A view inside the Bolshoy Ice Dome where the hockey will take place in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

NHL Could Rethink Sending Players To Sochi Olympics

With the league set to push pause on its season for next month’s Winter Games, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is allowing for the possibility of a security issue that could keep the players from traveling to Russia at all.

01/28/2014

Russian president Vladimir Putin meets upcoming Olympic Games volunteers in Sochi on January 17, 2014. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin: Gays At Sochi Olympics Must ‘Leave Children In Peace’

Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi “can feel calm and at ease,” but he emphasized that they cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.

01/17/2014

Russian security forces stand guard outside a train station following a suicide attack in the Volga River city of Volgograd, about 900 kms (560 miles) southeast of Moscow, on December 29, 2013. A female suicide bomber killed 14 people when she blew herself up at the main train station in the southern city of Volgograd, raising concerns about security in Russia just six weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games. (VLADIMIR PAKHOMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

At Least 15 Dead In Suicide Bombing At Russian Train Station

A deadly suicide bombing in Russia has raised security concerns for the Winter Olympics.

12/29/2013

An asteroid flies through the sky in Chelyabinsk, Russia. (Credit CBS 2)

Research Shows More Asteroids Could Be Headed For Earth

The people of earth should prepare for more frequent encounters with asteroids, according to scientists.

11/07/2013

Heart surgery patients Anastasia Bakhtiarova and Katya Lebedeva, brought to Long Island for surgery through the Russian Gift of Life program. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

L.I. Doctor Successfully Performs Surgery On 2 Russian Girls Through Gift Of Life Program

Katya Lebedeva, 15, and Anastasia Bakhtiarova, 10, are from the same small village in Russia. They were both given only a few more years to live because of congenital heart defects.

10/04/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo by Iliya Pitalev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

Despite Skepticism Of Putin, Schumer Welcomes U.S.-Russia Deal On Syria

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he does not trust Vladimir Putin, but he also welcomes any help the Russian president can provide in removing chemical weapons from Syria.

09/15/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo by Iliya Pitalev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

Putin: U.S. Military Strike In Syria Could ‘Unleash New Wave Of Terrorism’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken his case against U.S. military intervention in Syria directly to the American people.

09/12/2013

President Barack Obama (Getty Images/Handout)

Obama: Possibility Of Strike Against Syria Remains An Option

From Capitol Hill to the United Nations, a flurry of talks has erupted around a possible diplomatic solution in Syria.

09/11/2013

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