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Ukraine sanctions aside, US carmakers eye Russia market

Never mind the Ukraine crisis and Washington's sanctions against Moscow: US automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. "The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany," said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Branch said the structure of the Russian auto industry is in flux as the demand for imports increases despite barriers imposed by the Russian government.

Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

Roller derby, popular in US, gains traction abroad

Adrienne Schreiber curls down her lower lip to reveal "SF1" inked in black -- a tattoo celebrating Scare Force One, a tribe of fierce Washington women on roller skates. When they get together, they push, shove and -- above all -- win. Bureaucrats, teachers and scientists, the women who compete in roller derby -- an American game that is quickly gaining traction abroad -- come from all walks of life. But to take part is not merely to don skates and score points.

Japan, U.S., S. Korea agree to deter N. Korea from provocation

Defense officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Friday to work together to deter North Korea from taking further provocative actions. The senior working-level officials from the three countries reaffirmed they will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state during their two-day meeting at the U.S. Defense Department, according to a joint statement.

Dutch prosecute man whose child pornography case linked to Canadian victim Amanda Todd

VANCOUVER - Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'

Veteran actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticized her appearance at the Academy Awards last month. The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo," said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey. In an open letter on Facebook, she said she regretted taking medication to help her relax before the Oscars because "it affected my behavior."

Ukraine sanctions aside, US carmakers eye Russia market

Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington's sanctions against Moscow: US automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. "The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany," said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Branch said the structure of the Russian auto industry is in flux as the demand for imports increases despite barriers imposed by the Russian government.

Questions on bubble as tech momentum fades

After the tech euphoria of 2013, the fast-moving sector has hit a speed bump. The wobbly action of 2014 is still an open question: is this a correction, bear market or a bubble like the catastrophic dot-com boom and bust of 1999-2000? By some measures, segments of the tech sector look to be over the top, even after recent slumps. "There are some astronomical valuations out there," says Roger Kay, an analyst who follows tech companies at Endpoint Technologies.

White House: no comment on Bieber deportation petition

Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently but the White House doesn't appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes. Just under 275,000 people have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling for the Canadian's deportation from the US, easily surpassing the threshold of 100,000 signatures required for presidential consideration. But the White House said Friday it would not comment, citing terms in its "We the People" program that allows it to decline certain petitions.

Football: Chelsea's title pedigree can make the difference

Chelsea's vast experience of the Premier League title race could be the deciding factor as the Blues try to overhaul leaders Liverpool, according to the club's assistant manager Steve Holland. Jose Mourinho's side are two points behind Liverpool but, with a crucial trip to Anfield looming on April 27, the Blues have their destiny in their own hands. If Chelsea win their last four matches, starting at home to bottom of the table Sunderland on Saturday, then they will be crowned champions for the fourth time in the Premier League era.
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