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Obama faces decision on military aid for Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet Tuesday with other European leaders in their first face-to-face talks since June. Though Obama has been quietly letting Germany take the lead on the diplomatic front as Ukraine's standoff with Russia escalates, what he and his deputies communicate at the talks could play a pivotal role in whether Russia succeeds in disabling Ukraine's economic recovery and permanently destabilizing Europe's second-largest country.

Serena Williams, Roger Federer take to the courts

Serena Williams (No. 1 seed for women) and Roger Federer (No. 2 seed for men) both have their debut U.S. Open matches Tuesday. Williams faces fellow American Taylor Townsend. Williams is the favorite for a three-peat at the event, something that hasn't been done since the mid-1970s. Even if she does that, "it will be a bad season – for her," says her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. She hasn't won a major championship since her second consecutive U.S. Open a year ago. Federer faces Marinko Matosevic from Australia. For Federer, there might never be a better chance to seize an 18th Grand Slam title. He's had a string of solid runs in Wimbledon, Toronto and Cincinnati, and he can take advantage of the fact that Rafael Nadal is sidelined by a wrist injury.

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A familiar face, but in a different party, greets Florida voters at the polls

Charlie Crist, who was Florida's governor from 2007-2011 as a Republican, is likely to easily win Tuesday's Democratic primary for his old job. What remains to be seen is whether turnout for Crist will be enough to position him for victory in November against GOP Gov. Rick Scott. Crist is well-known in the state, but the GOP has held the keys to the Governor's Mansion since 1994. Crist left the GOP during his 2010 Senate bid and ran unsuccessfully as an independent before becoming a Democrat in 2012.

Wisconsin, Indiana defend gay marriage bans

A federal appeals court in Chicago will be the latest battle ground in the war over gay marriage as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana seek to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier. The outcome of the case could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married in June after federal judges overturned the bans but before their rulings were put on hold pending appeal.

'Chelsea Lately' airs its final episode

Chelsea Handler is quitting her Chelsea Lately show after seven years on the air. E! will air the live series finale tonight at 11 p.m. ET. "I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years," Handler said when she announced her retirement. "I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went.?"

Bonus: Remembering Mother Teresa

Tuesday would have been Mother Teresa's 104th birthday. The Roman Catholic nun, remembered for serving the poor, won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died in 1997.

And the essentials:

Weather: There will be chilly temperatures in the East while searing heat will continue in much of the Midwest and Plains Tuesday. Rainstorms will drench the Rockies and much of the southern tier.

Stocks: Stocks futures were lower Tuesday after another record-setting day on Wall Street, Monday.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at The iHeartRadio Album Release Party, Covert Affairs and Tyrant.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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