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10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

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    FILE - This Feb. 16, 2012 file photo shows designer L’Wren Scott, center, after her Fall 2012 collection was modeled during Fashion Week, in New York. Scott was found dead Monday, March 17, 2014, in Manhattan of a possible suicide. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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    This file photo shows Fred Phelps Sr. displays one of his many infamous protest signs. Phelps, the fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died the family said Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal)

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    Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) vies for a loose ball against Massachusetts' Cady Lalanne during the first half of an NCAA college basketball second-round tournament game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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    Afghans walk by the Serena hotel in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 21, 2014. Four men hiding guns in their shoes attacked the hotel in Kabul opening fire in a restaurant killing at least nine people, including four foreigners, officials said. Authorities appeared stunned that the militants had managed to get through the tight security at the Serena hotel — considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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    Russian and Ukrainian officers chat on a pier next to Ukrainian navy's corvette Vinnitsa and minesweeper Chernihiv, right, at a lake Donuzlav near the town of Novo-Ozerne, Crimea, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia. At Ukrainian bases troops hesitated, besieged by Russian forces and awaiting orders. Russia claimed some had already switched sides and agreed to join the Russian military. Friday had been the deadline for Ukrainian troops to leave Crimea, join the Russian military or demobilize. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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    This undated photo provided by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on March 18, 2014 shows a reconstruction of the skeleton of the dinosaur Anzu wyliei. The birdlike animal, about 7 feet tall, weighed an estimated 500 pounds when it roamed western North America around 66-68 million years ago. Nicknamed the "chicken from hell," the creature was formally introduced with an official name to the scientific community Wednesday, March 19, 2104 as scientists published a description and analysis of its anatomy. (AP Photo/Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

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    FILE - This May 7, 2012 file photo shows singer Mick Jagger, left, and L'Wren Scott at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, in New York. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead Monday, March 17, 2014, in Manhattan of a possible suicide. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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    Japanese Air Self-Defense Force copilot Ryutaro Hamahira scans the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

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    Mercer guard Kevin Canevari (3) dances with teammates after the Bears stunning upset of Duke.

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Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

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1. PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN COMPLETES ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA INTO RUSSIA

He signed the legislation Friday that reclaimed the region from Ukraine despite sanctions imposed on the Russian leader’s inner circle by the West. EU leaders also sought to pull the rest of cash-strapped Ukraine westward by signing a political association agreement with Kiev’s prime minister. Besieged Ukrainian troops on the Crimean Peninsula faced a choice: leave, join the Russian military or demobilize.

2. MYSTERY OF MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET NOW TWO WEEKS OLD

The overall search for the lost Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard stretches from Kazakhstan in Central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean. Two days of searching in the ocean off the west coast of Australia — prompted by a reading of satellite imagery from earlier this week — has turned up nothing.

3. U.S. ARMY GENERAL SPARED PRISON IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was originally brought up on sexual assault charges punishable by life in prison. But prosecutors dropped those charges in a deal in which he pleaded guilty to committing adultery with one woman and conducting inappropriate relationships with two others. Sinclair was reprimanded and fined $20,000 Thursday.

4. TALIBAN KILL 9 IN LUXURY HOTEL IN AFGHANISTAN’S CAPITAL OF KABUL

Among the dead from Thursday night’s attack was a journalist from Agence France-Presse, his wife and two children who were shot in the head. The assault by four gunmen was a major embarrassment to government security forces less than two weeks before national elections and came on the heels of a rise in bombings and shootings targeting foreigners in the capital.

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5. AT FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE, NEW FED CHIEF’S CANDOR CAUSES STOCKS TO FALL

Speaking Wednesday of when the Fed might raise short-term interest rates from their record lows, Janet Yellen was surprisingly specific — “around six months” — and the remark appeared to muddy her overarching message that rates are bound by no single economic indicator or time frame.

6. CHECHEN WARLOARD DOKU UMAROV REPORTED DEAD

The 49-year-old Islamic militant had claimed responsibility for some of Russia’s deadliest terrorist attacks and had threatened to strike the Sochi Olympics. Umarov’s death has been claimed before, but Tuesday’s was the first report from the organization he headed, Kavkaz Center.

7. ‘CHICKEN FROM HELL’ DINOSAUR GETS A MORE SCIENTIFIC NAME

The bird-like creature that was 7 feet tall and weighed about 500 pounds was given a new name Wednesday: Anzu wyliei, which comes from a mythological feathered demon, plus the name of the grandson of a trustee of the Carnegie Museum of Natural history, where a replica of its skeleton has been displayed for nearly a decade.

8. ANTI-GAY PASTOR FRED PHELPS SR. DIES AT 84

The fiery founder of a small Kansas church led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people. Phelps, who died Wednesday, and his Westboro Baptist Church tested the boundaries of free speech, violating accepted societal standards for decency in an unapologetic assault on gays and lesbians.

9. MICK JAGGER REMEMBERS HIS LATE COMPANION, DESIGNER L’WREN SCOTT

In a poignant tribute, Jagger called Scott his “lover and best friend” and said he was struggling to understand why she might have taken her own life. The Rolling Stones canceled their tour of Australia and New Zealand after she was found dead Monday in her New York apartment.

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Mercer guard Kevin Canevari (3) dances with teammates after the Bears stunning upset of Duke.

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10. EARLY EXIT: DUKE BOUNCED OUT OF NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Even though coach Mike Krzyzewski has won more NCAA tournament games than anyone in the history of men’s basketball, his Blue Devils were knocked out by 14th-seeded Mercer. Other big early upsets included 11th-seeded Dayton beating sixth-seeded Ohio State, No. 12 Harvard knocking off fifth-seeded Cincinnati and No. 12 seed North Dakota outlasted fifth-seeded Oklahoma.

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