SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

Until 10 PM

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids and northern Indiana issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties until 10 PM.  Damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or greater are the primary concern.  Large hail of 1" in diameter or larger is a close second.  We'll be tracking storm development with Live Doppler Radar throughout your afternoon and evening.  Storm motion is easterly at 30 to 50 mph.  Stay with wwmt.com for the latest weather information!

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Obama raises stakes in Crimean standoff with Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is raising the stakes in the West's standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He's imposing sanctions against Moscow and rejecting plans for a referendum on the future of Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea.

European leaders are putting in place their own measures but are split over how forcefully to follow America's lead. That could blunt the pressure on Putin to withdraw Russian troops.

The end result could help define Europe's post-Cold War order.

Obama outlined his intent Thursday not to willingly let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine.

He slapped new visa restrictions on Russians and others destabilizing Ukraine's new government.

And he declared illegal the plan from Putin's allies in Crimea for a March 16 referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.