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The Pulse: Unrest in Ukraine Draws U.S. Attention

Unrest in Ukraine getting President Obama's attention; a new incident of racism reported at Ole Miss; and an Arizona bill drawing national controversy. This is Saturday night's edition of "The Pulse."
Unrest in Ukraine getting President Obama's attention; a new incident of racism reported at Ole Miss; and an Arizona bill drawing national controversy. This is Saturday night's edition of "The Pulse."

Arizona making headlines again for controversial legislation. A new bill says it would protect businesses, individuals and other entities from discrimination lawsuits if they refuse service based on their religious beliefs. Supporters say it protects religious freedom. But critics say it targets the LGBT community and sanctions discrimination. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will have the final say on whether the legislation becomes law.

Another incident of racism reported at the University of Mississippi. An African-American student told police someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car near campus while shouting racial slurs. This comes days after a noose was hung on the campus statue of James Meredith, a famous civil rights figure. Police have identified three students they believe were involved, but it's not clear if the two incidents are related.

An in Ukraine, unrest drawing in the leaders of Russia and the United states, with President Obama calling Russian President Putin "the most powerful man in Ukraine." The country has been the site of demonstrations for months after Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych scrapped a trade deal with the European Union. Hundreds have been injured and dozens killed in clashes between protesters and state police. Today, the government and opposition signed an agreement aimed to end the violence. Ukraine has long been pulled between the West and Russia, each seeking to hold influence over the former Soviet republic.
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