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04/25/2015 06:29 PM
Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He died as a result of head injuries when the avalanche hit, according to a statement from the mountaineering company that had taken him to base camp."We pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation," Jagged Globe said.Tourism ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. April is one of the most popular times to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 foot) peak before rain and clouds cloak it at the end of May. Almost exactly a year ago, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides in what was the single deadliest day on the mountain.

04/25/2015 06:28 PM
10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest region

In this photo provided by Azim Afif a man approaches the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Nepal's Mount Everest region on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.



04/25/2015 06:27 PM
Nets claw back in East as Bulls seek sweep

Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center on April 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityWhile the Chicago Bulls sought to finish off Milwaukee on Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets made sure their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against Atlanta will go a little further. The Nets got the win they desperately needed on their home floor on Saturday, using a big second-half run to defeat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 91-83 and narrow the gap in their best-of-seven first-round series to two-games-to-one. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson all recorded double-doubles for the Nets, who parlayed an 18-0 scoring run that bridged the third and fourth quarters into the win they needed after dropping the first two games of the series in Atlanta.



04/25/2015 06:27 PM
Powerful earthquake strikes Nepal: Things to Know

Map locates recent earthquakes and includes a map of plate tectonics; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.



04/25/2015 06:21 PM
Google executive killed on Everest after Nepal quake

Nepalese rescue workers and onlookers gather at Kathmandu's Durbar Square, which was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015A Google executive and self-described adventurer was among 10 people killed at a Mount Everest base camp in an avalanche triggered by a major Nepal earthquake Saturday, the company and his family said. Dan Fredinburg was killed in the avalanche that buried parts of the base camp where hundreds of mountaineers were gathered for the start of the climbing season. He was with several colleagues who survived the tragedy, Lawrence You, director of privacy at Google, said in a blog post. Dan Fredinburg, a long-time member of the Privacy organization... was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest.



04/25/2015 06:19 PM
Volkswagen chairman Piech resigns after dispute over CEO

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo Chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG Ferdinand Piech and his wife Ursula Piech, member of the board, attend a meeting of Audi in Ingolstadt, Germany. Piech and his wife will step back from their posts as Volkswagen announced on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP, File)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO.



04/25/2015 06:17 PM
Latest on police-custody death: March heads to Camden Yards

A protestor lays in the middle of a street during a march for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)6 p.m.



04/25/2015 06:15 PM
Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the nearly 1,400 people killed and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken area.



04/25/2015 06:13 PM
Protests in Baltimore again after police custody death

A demonstrator (C) walks atop a Baltimore City Police car as he and others march through the streets protesting the death Freddie Gray, an African American man who died of spinal cord injuries in police custody, in Baltimore, Maryland, April 25, 2015Protesters returned to Baltimore's streets Saturday to vent outrage over the death of an African-American man from injuries he apparently sustained when taken into police custody two weekends ago. Organizers anticipated the biggest outpouring of public anger since Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12, only to die in a coma seven days later from severe spinal injuries. Several hundred protesters gathered at the west Baltimore housing project where Gray was apprehended and headed toward the district police station that has been the focal point of nightly demonstrations this week. "No justice, no peace!" chanted the crowd, under a forest of banners, including one featuring portraits of African Americans who have died in confrontations with police in recent years.



04/25/2015 06:09 PM
Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday

The crew for Trevor Baine (6) pushes his car to the inspection station as rain falls at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Sprint Cup Series auto race is scheduled for Saturday night ,but the weather reports predict rain all evening. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Persistent rain has forced NASCAR to postpone Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway.



04/25/2015 06:07 PM
Autopsy: Indiana University student died from head injuries
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says an Indiana University student whose body was found in a rural area died from blunt force trauma injuries to her head.

04/25/2015 06:02 PM
Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage

Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming daysSeveral thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington on Saturday against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days. Currently, individual states are responsible for determining marriage laws, with 37 out of 50 US states and the capital Washington legalizing gay unions. "We will not be silenced... we are not alone," Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the crowd to cheers.



04/25/2015 06:00 PM
King James nails full-court shot at TD Garden
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James looked more like a quarterback than a basketball player, nailing a full-court shot Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

04/25/2015 05:59 PM
Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake
NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

04/25/2015 05:50 PM
Thousands take to the streets for Freddie Gray rally

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks in front of local faith leaders at a news conference regarding the death of Freddie Gray, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody.



04/25/2015 05:48 PM
Nets beat Hawks 91-83, pull within 2-1 in series

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 25, 2015, at New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Thaddeus Young added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 91-83 on Saturday to cut the Hawks' lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series.



04/25/2015 05:43 PM
7 players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl

Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox players fight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Chicago. The Royals won 3-2 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox each lost Saturday without playing a game.



04/25/2015 05:37 PM
Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake

Map locates recent earthquakes and includes a map of plate tectonics; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.



04/25/2015 05:35 PM
Nepal quake: Nearly 1,400 dead, Everest shaken

Rescuers clear the debris at Durbar Sqaure after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.



04/25/2015 05:31 PM
Greece, lenders must reach deal by early May, Deputy PM tells paper

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras talks to Deputy Prime Minister Dragasakis during the first meeting of new cabinet post elections in the parliament building in AthensGreece and its lenders must reach a reform deal by early May to address Greece's need for cash, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said in an interview with a Greek newspaper published on Saturday. Shut out of international markets and locked in talks with its European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors over its proposed reform-for-cash deal, Greece risks running out of cash within weeks. Athens must pay the International Monetary Fund almost 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in May. It has said it wants to honor its obligations and needs lenders to offer something in return. "There is clearly a potential and an imperative need for an interim deal to be concluded in the first days of May, if not within April," Dragasakis said in an interview with Avgi newspaper, the mouthpiece of the leftist government of Alexis Tsipras.



04/25/2015 05:30 PM
Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police

Israeli troops stand next to the covered body of a Palestinian whom they shot dead near the A-Zayyim checkpoint on the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West BankBy Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Earlier, 17-year-old Palestinian Ali Abu Ghannam attacked Israeli border police with a cleaver at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem and then fled, with troops giving chase and firing warning shots in the air, Samri said. Reaching a second checkpoint, Abu Ghannam drew another knife and ran toward security guards there.



04/25/2015 05:16 PM
Indonesia informs drug convicts of execution

Children of Filipina drug convict and death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, Mark Darren, 6 (lower front C), Mark Daniel, 12 (C), along with other relatives arrive in Cilacap, to visit Nusakambangan maximum security prison island, on April 25, 2015Indonesia said Saturday it had officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, prompting an appeal from United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to spare the prisoners and suspend the death penalty. A Frenchman also on death row for drug-related crimes was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner.



04/25/2015 05:15 PM
Absent Clinton, South Carolina Democrats welcome liberals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Call it the Clinton conundrum.

04/25/2015 05:06 PM
Ferdinand Piech resigns, ending an era at Volkswagen

Piech, chairman of the board of German carmaker Volkswagen, carries his documents as he arrives at the 51th annual shareholders meeting in Hamburg.By Jan Schwartz and Georgina Prodhan HAMBURG/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown he had provoked with Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, ending an era at the iconic German carmaker. Piech, the 78-year-old grandson of the inventor of the Volkswagen Beetle Ferdinand Porsche, had previously seen off other executives who crossed him, including his own hand-picked successor as CEO, Bernd Pischetsrieder. "The members of the steering committee came to a consensus that, in the light of the past weeks, the mutual trust necessary for successful cooperation was no longer there," the six-member panel said in a statement after another meeting on Saturday. The steering committee was and is conscious of its responsibility to Volkswagen and its many thousand staff." Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Piech had resigned without forcing a vote of the committee at its second crisis gathering in 10 days.



04/25/2015 05:04 PM
Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations.

04/25/2015 04:59 PM
All new Whitney Museum opens in New York

"Women and Dog" by Marisol is seen during a preview tour for the new Whitney Museum of American Art on April 23, 2015 in New YorkFour years after breaking ground, New York's much-loved Whitney Museum for American art reopens next Friday in a futuristic $422 million premises built by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The celebrated museum of modern and contemporary American art has turned its back on the bourgeois satisfaction of the Upper East Side to move down town to the achingly cool Meatpacking District.



04/25/2015 04:41 PM
Each death in Baltimore makes mistrust harder to overcome

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts speaks about the investigation into Freddie Gray's death at a news conference, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner came in making big promises to the inner-city residents and police who spent decades staring each other down in neighborhoods ravaged by crack and heroin. But with each death of a black man in custody, their efforts to overcome mistrust have hit hard walls of skepticism and outrage.



04/25/2015 04:31 PM
Several Kentucky Derby hopefuls get workouts in before rain

Kentucky Derby hopeful Tencendur grazes outside Barn 42 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, April 25, 2015, under the watchful eye of exercise rider Blair Golen. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One week ahead of the Kentucky Derby, several horses completed their workouts at Churchill Downs before the rain came down.



04/25/2015 04:31 PM
US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake felt in neighboring countries.



04/25/2015 04:30 PM
VW patriarch and board chairman resigns

Volkswagen group supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piech speaks during the Annual General Meeting of Volkswagen AG in Hanover, central Germany, on May 13, 2014Volkswagen patriarch Ferdinand Piech has resigned as head of the German auto giant's supervisory board, the company announced Saturday, in the wake of his bitter power struggle with the VW chief executive. The news came two days after Piech rejected media reports that he was plotting to oust the carmaker's CEO Martin Winterkorn. Volkswagen had attempted on Friday to draw a line under the management tug-of war, saying it would extend Winterkorn's contract. Piech was trying to drum up a majority on the full supervisory board to have the CEO removed from his post, NDR reported.



04/25/2015 04:24 PM
Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

A general view of Calbuco Volcano spewing ash and smoke is seen during sunset from Alerce townBy Felipe Iturrieta SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile's chain of around 2,000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, sending up a spectacular 17-km-high (11-mile) cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of gray ash. Authorities have set up a 20-km (12-mile) cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, around 1,000 km (620 miles) south of the capital Santiago, evacuating more than 6,500 people in the area. "The dangerous nature of volcanic activity like this, plus the volcano's current instability that could lead to more intense activity in the short term, indicates we should maintain the perimeter," Chile's national office of emergency said in its latest report.



04/25/2015 04:21 PM
Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

Collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in KathmanduBy Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 1,300 people, a toll officials said would rise as the desperate search for survivors continued into the early hours of Sunday. The home ministry said the death toll had reached 1,382. Foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides around Mount Everest were caught by the tremors and a huge avalanche. Hospitals across the impoverished nation of 28 million people struggled to cope with the dead and injured from Nepal's worst quake in 81 years, and a lack of equipment meant rescuers could look no deeper than surface rubble for signs of life.



04/25/2015 04:21 PM
U.S. sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: Kerry
The United States will send disaster response and rescue teams to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed hundreds in the mountainous Asian nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. "We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support," he said in a statement. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a tweet it was working with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to launch a disaster response team and described the funding as an initial amount "to address immediate needs." The United States also "stands ready to assist the government and people of Nepal and the region further," said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan in a statement on Saturday.

04/25/2015 04:01 PM
Home-ice advantage overrated in Wild-Blues series

Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle, left, is congratulated by teammates Thomas Vanek, of Austria, and Matt Dumba, right, after scoring during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, Friday, April 24, 2015, in St. Louis. The Wild won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — NHL teams play all season for home-ice advantage. Only to give it away.



04/25/2015 03:57 PM
Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast
AUGUSTA, Sicily (AP) — Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily.

04/25/2015 03:55 PM
Death, panic on Everest once more, year after tragedy

Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (2R), and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt Everest on April 18, 2015Climbers on the world's highest mountain pleaded for help on Saturday after a massive earthquake triggered an avalanche at Everest base camp, killing at least 10 people and sparking panic. Base camp was crowded with foreign mountaineers and their sherpa teams at the start at the climbing season when the avalanche hit, destroying camps and sending slabs of ice crashing in what was described as a "huge disaster".



04/25/2015 03:54 PM
Mother in custody dispute freed after 8 years behind bars
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman jailed in an international custody dispute has been freed after spending more than eight years behind bars and is likely to be reunited with her daughter who's been without either parent for nearly a decade.

04/25/2015 03:54 PM
Marathon bomber trial casts focus on Boston Muslims

Muslim men gather early before "a call to prayers" in the mosque at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston. On Friday, the Boston mosque held an open house themed "Still Boston Strong." Organizers stressed that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and other convicted terrorists are not representative of their faith communities.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America.



04/25/2015 06:30 PM
Thousands march in Baltimore to protest black man's death

Demonstrators gather in front of the Baltimore Police Department Western District station to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreBy Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of a black man while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. In the biggest protest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died on Sunday, two clusters of marchers chanting "shut it down" started out at different times before merging during the afternoon into a single wave headed toward City Hall. Last year, there were weeks of protests across the country following the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner, in New York City who was placed in a chokehold during an attempted arrest. Saturday's protests came a day after Baltimore's police commissioner conceded that police had failed to provide Gray with timely medical attention for a spinal injury he had suffered sometime after he was apprehended and put inside a transport van.



04/25/2015 03:38 PM
Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

Migrants arrive at the Sicilian harbor of CataniaBy Gabriele Pileri CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa. The European Union was shocked into action last week by a shipwreck that killed more than 700 people, and pledged to triple the budget of its sea mission which had replaced a more comprehensive Italian operation. "We only see that mission patrolling right around the borders of Italy.



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