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Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

  • restive: Wednesday's setbacks came just 24 hours after a much-touted Ukrainian army operation to retake control of Solvyansk and other cities in the restive east, and appeared to reflect growing indecisiveness by the new Kiev leadership, which has vowed for days to re-establish its authority there.
  • whereabouts: Hours later, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry broke its silence, acknowledging the seizure of the military hardware and saying the whereabouts of the Ukrainian soldiers was not known.
  • levy: In Washington, officials said they had no plans to levy new sanctions ahead of Thursday's talks in Geneva between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.
  • sabotage: Russia must withdraw its sabotage groups, condemn terrorists and liberate all administrative buildings.

Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide

  • butte: Town officials might also remove earth from the partly evacuated neighborhood located 100 feet or more uphill from the foot of the butte.
  • butte: The butte looms several hundred feet over Jackson but is puny compared to the awe-inspiring Teton Range a dozen miles northwest of town.
  • butte: Town officials approved grading for the site multiple times based on geotechnical analyses of the butte.

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

  • legging: Haven Middle School in Eva n ston, just north of Chicago, took what turned out to be a contentious stand: If you wear leggings, you need to have a shirt or skirt over them that reaches at least down to your fingertips.
  • legging: Just a few weeks ago, the school's own website said leggings were banned, when apparently they were not, school officials now say.
  • legging: Then there was the matter of yoga pants, which are tight like leggings, but flared at the bottom.
  • legging: Clearly frustrated with the debate, Haven Middle School teachers posted this statement on the school's website to explain the reasoning behind the leggings policy: " We believe, through years of experience and professiona lism, that it is essential to our school's climate that we set a standard of expectation and decorum.
  • legging: They denied that they acted because leggings distract boys, as has been alleged by some parents.

After Bo Xilai Conviction, Mixed Legacy for Chongqing's Anti-mafia Campaign

  • redress: The campaign led to thousands of arrests and several high profile executions, but also drew allegations of police and court abuses which authorities have been slow to redress.
  • extort: Critics say the campaign quickly veered into excesses, with confessions extorted through torture and a general disregard of due process during trials.
  • nexus: Ming Xia, a professor of political science at the City University of New York, has been researching the nexus between organized crime and political power in China.

Today in History

  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • soothsayer: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • hijack: In 1985, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite ( SHE E'-eyet) Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece.
  • medley: Gabby Douglas became the third American in a row to win gymnastics ' biggest prize when she claimed the all-around Olympic title; Michael Phelps added to his medal collection with his first individual gold medal of the London Games in the 200-meter individual medley.