A look at some of the week’s biggest newsmakers.
Police officers block a section of a road after mud and debris had blocked the thoroughfare along hillside in Glendora, Calif., Friday, Feb. 28. The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm spread rain and snow early Friday through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now faced the threat of mud and debris flows. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Sam Mikulak performs on the rings during the American Cup gymnastics competition in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 1. Mikulak won the men’s overall title. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson salutes the crowd during a retirement ceremony at halftime of an NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Washington Wizards, Saturday, March 1, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, center, exits the water during the Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 2, in Chicago. Fallon joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the event. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The night was record-setting for the Oscars, and Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress award. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Exile Tibetan Buddhist monks conduct ritual prayers at the Tsuglakhang temple on the first day of the Tibetan New Year or Losar in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, March 2. Tibetans all over the world will mark the arrival of the Wood Horse year with prayers and festivities. (AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia)
People gather during a rally in Kiev’s Independence Square, Sunday, March 2. Ukraine’s new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military Sunday in the conflict between the two countries, warning that “we are on the brink of disaster.” The comments from Arseniy Yatsenyuk came as a convoy of Russian troops rolled toward Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors, front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr. and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a “selfie” portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, in Los Angeles. The photo was posted to Twitter and retweeted more than 2 million times, temporarily “breaking” the site. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)
Oscar Pistorius stands in court shortly after arriving for his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 3. Pistorius is charged with murder with premeditation in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 4. Brazil’s Carnival is maintaining its frenetic pace, with hundreds of roving parties taking over Rio de Janeiro’s streets and famed samba school parades heading into their final night. Tuesday marked Mardi Gras, the last day before Lent, which started on Ash Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
High school student Rachel Canning, 18, left, takes the oath in court as her parents, Elizabeth and Sean, look on in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J., Tuesday, March 4. Rachel Canning is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition after she claims they threw her out of the home. (AP Photo/Daily Record, Bob Karp)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing focusing on the Defense Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2015. The proposed $496 billion budget reflects what Sec. Hagel calls a choice to field a smaller but more modern force rather than a larger one less prepared for combat. Some in Congress, however, see that as an approach that weakens U.S. capabilities in a period of growing uncertainty in Europe and Asia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro stands in a convertible limousine next to first lady Cilia Flores as security guards stand on the sides of the car during a military parade commemorating the one year anniversary of the death of Venezuela’s former President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 5. The anniversary of Chavez’s death was marked with a mix of street protests and solemn commemorations that reflected deep divisions over the Venezuela he left behind. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6. Christie, facing conservatives who have been slow to embrace him, received applause throughout a speech that highlighted his opposition to abortion and stressed the importance of getting results. “We don’t get to govern if we don’t win,” Christie said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Singers Melissa Etheridge, left, and Janelle Monáe, applaud Patti LaBelle, right, as she is introduced in the State Dining Room of the White House Washington, Thursday, March 6, during a workshop for students as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series, celebrating female artists as the “foremothers” of American music, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, March 6, overwhelmingly approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by U.S. lawmakers to the worst crisis in U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War. The measure passed in a 385-23 vote. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider a similar bill next week. If passed as expected, it would be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.
It was announced on Friday, March 7 that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final movie role as a leading man is set to hit theaters this May. The Oscar winner filmed “God’s Pocket” in his native New York last summer and had been promoting the drama, in which he stars as Mickey, a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his crazy stepson, at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January. Hoffman died of a drug overdose in February at the age of 46.