Russia's Neighbors on Edge Over Crimea Crisis | Scientists Discover Major Evidence for Big Bang | The Jeffrey Sinclair Case & Sexual Assault in the Military

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In this handout from NASA/ESA, an artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole. (NASA/ESAvia/Getty)

Russia's Neighbors on Edge Over Crimea Crisis | Flight 370 Shows Challenges of Searching the Ocean Floor | Scientists Discover Major Evidence for Big Bang | Why the NRA is Targeting Obama's Surgeon General Pick | The Jeffrey Sinclair Case & Sexual Assault in the Military | New Play Looks at Life & Work of Bruce Lee

Russia's Neighbors on Edge Over Crimea Crisis

In defiance of the U.S. and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his intention to make Crimea a part of the Russian Federation. Latvian and Estonian diplomats tell us how their nations see the Crimea vote.

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We Have an Update On What Started the Universe

After a decades-long search for answers about the creation of the universe, scientists believe they have found a smoking gun. On Monday, a team of scientists announced the first direct evidence for what's known as cosmic inflation, or proof of the first fractions of a second that were initiated after the Big Bang. Clem Pryke is an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that made the discovery.

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Jeffrey Sinclair & Sexual Assault in the Military

After two long years, the case of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, once a rising star in the United States Army, finally comes to a close this week. General Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, was accused of sexual assault by his former mistress, an Army captain. Roger Canaff is a career prosecutor who served as an expert for the Department of the Army from 2009 to 2012. He examines the Sinclair case, its consequences and how the military should move forward on the issue of sexual assault.

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Bruce Lee Goes to Broadway

Like every actor, Bruce Lee had humiliations and setbacks as he struggled to make it in Hollywood. But those difficulties eventually put him on his way to international super-stardom, and those moments are now the subject of a new Broadway play written by Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang. For Hwang, this was a project that took a very long time. He joins The Takeaway to explain this new bio-play and his creative process.

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Today's Highlights | March 18, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Searching the seabed for the missing airliner is a daunting task, as Mike Purcell knows well. In 2011, Purcell led sea search operations for the mission that found Air France flight 447 in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean...President Barack Obama’s pick for Surgeon General is facing tough opposition from the NRA that could ultimately tank his nomination. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws.

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