The Pulse: Equal Pay Day Nationwide

Published 04/08 2014 09:34PM

Updated 04/09 2014 12:08AM

Equal Pay Day trending nationwide; new warnings over Ukraine; and chaos at a celebration at the University of Connecticut. This is Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse."

The president signed executive orders Tuesday aimed at closing the gender wage gap, slamming the GOP for blocking progress on the issue. But Republicans say the president's latest efort will not help the economy and his current policies are creating less jobs. The Democratic-controlled Senate is planning to take up legislation on the issue but Republicans aren't expected to support it.

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 continues. After days of silence, pinger-locator machines have heard new pings. The machines are making long sweeps, and an underwater drone is standing by for when a more specific location is narrowed down. False-positives and floating debris unrelated to the plane have frustrated the international search effort.

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning to Russia: "Cross over" into Eastern Ukraine and more sanctions will follow. The secretary's comments come after pro-Russian protesters took over government buildings in several Eastern Ukrainian cities demanding a Crimea-style referendum to join Russia. The Russian government said that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern regions could lead to civil war and further violence.

The trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa continues. The Olympian took the stand today, sobbing as he detailed the moment he realized he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He has pleaded not guilty to murder. He said he thought that an intruder was inside his house, grabbed a gun and fired into the bathroom, killing Steenkamp. Pistorius will take the stand again when trial resumes tomorrow.

Students at the University of Connecticut went wild after their basketball team beat the Kentucky Wildcats Monday night, taking home a national championship. More than 10,000 students gathered on campus for a massive viewing party that turned into chaos as they broke into frenzied celebrations. Students set off fireworks and and even uprooted a light post, throwing it through a building. At least 30 students were arrested.

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