LOS ANGELES (AP) — During the last years of his life, Ansel Adams pored over thousands of negatives he'd carefully stored since his teens, setting aside 70 he determined would stand as his greatest works.
A top Chinese diplomat repeated Beijing's call for calm and restraint in Ukraine on Monday, but ducked comment on a referendum in Crimea after the region's Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favor of joining Russia. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, speaking to reporters ahead of a visit to Europe by President Xi Jinping later this month, said that a political settlement was the only way to resolve the Ukraine crisis. "We are paying very close attention to the situation in Ukraine," Li said, when asked about Crimea. Political resolution and dialogue is the only way out." As state media in Russia carried a reminder of its power to turn the United States to "radioactive ash", President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose "additional costs" on Moscow for violating Ukraine's territory.