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Stocks end lower ahead of critical Ukraine vote

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In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014, photo, traders Jeffrey Vazquez, left, and James Denaro work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Most global stock markets fell sharply Friday March 14, 2014 over persistent concerns about weakness in the Chinese economy and tensions in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014, photo, traders Jeffrey Vazquez, left, and James Denaro work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Most global stock markets fell sharply Friday March 14, 2014 over persistent concerns about weakness in the Chinese economy and tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The U.S. stock market is ending lower as investors brace for a critical vote this weekend over the future Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

The region is holding a vote on Sunday, which is widely expected to back splitting off from Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of consequences if it moves to seize the region. The U.S. and Russia found “no common vision” over the crises after hours of talks on Friday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,841 Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 43 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,065. The Nasdaq slipped 15 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,245.

Aeropostale fell $1.47, or 20 percent, to $5.83 after the teen clothing retailer reported a wider loss.

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Johnathan A. Doody leaves Maricopa County Superior Court Joseph Kreamer on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Phoenix, Ariz.   Doody, convicted of killing nine people, including six monks, during a robbery at a Buddhist temple in metro Phoenix was sentenced Friday to 249 years in prison.  Doody was founded guilty in January of first-degree murder in the deaths of six monks, one nun and two helpers who were shot in the back of the head and were found arranged face-down in a circle in August 1991 at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)
Man sentenced to 249 years for Buddhist temple slaying

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