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Former prisoners spoke about the effects of solitary confinement Tuesday in a congressional hearing aimed at banning it for some inmates. Solitary confinement is also extremely expensive, critics say.

The whereabouts of Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych remain unknown, but the opposition-led Parliament says any war crimes prosecution would come in the International Criminal Court.

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin is calling on federal and state prisons to ban solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and the mentally ill. He held a hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Opposition in Arizona is growing against a controversial bill that would let business owners to refuse service based on religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't yet decided whether to veto the bill.

Students and members of the middle class have taken to the streets in Venezuela, protesting a worsening economy and food shortages. AP bureau chief Joshua Goodman reports on the unrest from Caracas.

MtGox, the leading bitcoin exchange, has stopped doing business amid reports it was hit by a massive theft. The troubles at the exchange could prove to be a pivotal moment for the virtual currency.

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage goes on trial today in Detroit, and Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta is there. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting.

The Supreme Court ruled that police can enter and search a home without warrant, so long as just one of the residents consents. This leaves law enforcement more room to conduct warrantless searches.

As opposition leaders settle into authority in Kiev, separatist rhetoric is beginning to spread in eastern Ukraine. Paul Sonne of The Wall Street Journal discusses Russian-leaning sentiment in Crimea.

The Food and Drug Administration and the White House are expected to unveil a new food label this week. Changed just once since their adoption, these labels need to be less confusing, advocates say.




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