MORNING BRIEFING: College hoops, electric buses, Bitcoin deniers and Lego robots

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The Gonzaga men's basketball team has its first NCAA tourney game on Friday versus Oklahoma State, in San Diego. Also, find out what teams are playing in Spokane. (S-R)

Spokane Transit has added an all-electric, zero-emissions bus to its fleet for the month to study its benefits. (Inlander)

Today the City of Spokane launched a new initiative called Spokane Gives, to promote and encourage community members to volunteer. (KXLY)

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Updates on the search still underway for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing for over a week now. (CNN)

The U.S. and Europe imposed sanctions against 11 Russian and Ukrainian citizens involved in the siege of Crimea, including some top aides of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (NYT)

Dorian Satoshi Nakomoto, a man recently profiled in a Newsweek story alleging he created the virtual currency Bitcoin, has issued a written statement denying any involvement in its creation. (Slate)

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A Lego robot has beat the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube at just 3.5 seconds. (CNN)