Proposed accord in Ukraine...China rankled about Obama meeting...More air travel headaches

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 6:00 PM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An agreement signed by Ukraine's president and opposition leaders could be a way out of unrest and violent clashes between government forces and protesters in Kiev that have killed more than 100 people. The agreement, worked out in overnight talks. Among other things, it calls for the formation of a new government, the release of the imprisoned former prime minister and early elections.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry says President Barack Obama's decision to meet with Tibet's Dalai Lama is "gross interference in China's domestic politics." Beijing considers the Dalai Lama an anti-Chinese separatist because of his quest for greater Tibetan autonomy. Despite media requests, the meeting was closed to journalists. The Buddhist monk left the White House without speaking to reporters.

PHOENIX (AP) — It may be one of the hottest seats in Arizona. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is deciding if she will sign a bill pushed through by GOP social conservatives that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. Opponents, including some in the business community, say the legislation will lead to boycotts against the state.

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters says it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut. The workhorse aircraft is used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Sikorsky is feeling the impact of reduced military spending due to budget cuts and a scaled-back U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

UNDATED (AP) — It's been a nasty day for flying, pilots and passengers. Storms along the East Coast and high winds in the country's interior forced airlines to cancel more than 1,200 flights. And there have been 6,000 delays. Hard hit airports include Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare and New York's LaGuardia. According to FlightAware, there have been 6,000 cancelations this week and 35,000 delayed flights.

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