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(CNN) - The NFL toughened its domestic violence policy following criticism for a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In a letter to the league's 32 owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell said there will be a six-game, unpaid ban for personnel who violate the league's policy. A second incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league. Surveillance video captured Rice dragging his fiancee off an elevator in February. The two later married. Goodell didn't mention Rice by name, but he acknowledged in his letter that he made the wrong decision in that case.
DONETSK, UKRAINE (Radio Free Europe, CNN) – There is a bloody aftermath following fighting in streets of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Cars were on fire and gunshots could be heard amid fresh fighting in Donetsk on Thursday. At least two dead bodies were seen on the street. A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was underway on Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's denials. Rebels backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought Ukrainian forces on two fronts Thursday: Southeast of rebel-held Donetsk, and along the nation's southern coast in the town of Novoazovsk, about 12 miles from the Russian border, said Mykhailo Lysenko, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Donbas battalion. "This is a full-scale invasion," Lysenko said, referring to the fighting in the south.
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