Editor's note: Bill Palmer, an Airbus A330 captain for a major airline, is the author of "Understanding Air France 447," an explanation of the details and lessons of the crash of that aircraft in June 2009.
By By Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Kellie Morgan and Matthew Chance
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea in conversations with two world leaders on Sunday, while the autonomous Ukrainian region was the scene of emotional demonstrations by both sides.
(CNN) -- In a move that is generating even more 2016 presidential buzz, the chairman of Iowa's Republican Party is leaving his position to work for Rand PAC, a group that supports Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
By Michael Martinez. Laura Smith-Spark and Matthew Chance
Hostilities intensified in Crimea on Saturday as Ukrainian officials accused pro-Russian forces of armed aggression and President Barack Obama rounded up world leaders to demand Russia "de-escalate the situation."
-- A California educator arrested after a former student accused her in a YouTube video of sexual abuse had her arraignment pushed back yet again Friday, meaning she won't formally answer to the charges for another six weeks.