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Avalanche sweeps Everest in Nepal; 30 injuredKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept the face of Mt. Everest after the massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, a senior mountaineering guide, injuring at least 30 people.81 dead as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damageKATHMANDU, 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.Historic tower collapses in Kathmandu after quakeA historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a Reuters witness said. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.Quake triggers Everest avalanche, climbers at riskA powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world's highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain.Romanian climber Alex Gavan said on Twitter that there had been a "huge avalanche" and "many, many" people were up on the mountain."Running for life from my tent," Gavan said. "Everest base camp huge earthquake then huge avalanche."Another climber, Daniel Mazur, said Everest base camp had been "severely damaged" and his team was trapped."Please pray for everyone," he said on his Twitter page.An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of Kathmandu causing buildings to collapse, killing at least 108 people, injuring more and leaving a pall of dust over the city.An avalanche in April 2014 just above the base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 Nepali guides. April is one of the most popular times to climb Everest before rain and clouds cloak the mountain at the end of next month.Powerful Nepal quake kills at least 108, toll expected to rise

Handout shows people standing on the runway outside the International Terminal after a earthquake hit, at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, NepalBy Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. The most powerful quake to hit the impoverished Himalayan nation in 81 years also caused damage in neighboring Indian states and Bangladesh and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. A Nepal police spokesman said the death toll stood at 108 according to an initial estimate, most from the Kathmandu Valley. The devastation is not confined to some areas of Nepal.


Iraqi army battles Islamic State militants near Fallujah

Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters attack Islamic State group militants on al-Houz bridge on the Euphrates river in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 24, 2015. Iraqi security forces recaptured a key bridge from Islamic militants in the capital of western Anbar on Friday, said an Iraqi security official, as top Shiite cleric renewed calls for national unity among political groups in the face of Islamic militant group. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Fierce clashes erupted northeast of Fallujah on Saturday between the Iraqi army and Islamic State militants following an ambush the day before that killed a general and staff officers.


Reports: Rebels enter strategic town in northwestern SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — Activists and opposition media are reporting that several hard-line Syrian rebel groups have pushed their way into a strategic town in northwestern Syria following intense clashes that lasted only days.TV: 2 dead, 100 injured in Bangladesh from Nepal quakeDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A TV report says that two people were killed and more than 100 injured in Bangladesh in an earthquake that originated in Nepal.Starbucks: Computer outage fixed; stores to reopen Saturday

A Starbucks store closes Friday, April 24, 2015, in Phoenix because of computer issues. Starbucks says a sales register computer glitch has disrupted sales at company-operated stores in the United States and Canada. The company apologized to customers for the inconvenience late Friday and said it was working to resolve the outage. Customers found some stores closed and others offering free coffee. (AP Photo/Traci Carl)SEATTLE (AP) — A computer outage hit thousands of Starbucks stores, and some gave away free drinks before many closed early to the dismay of caffeine-craving patrons.


Nepal's Home Ministry says at least 71 people killed in the earthquakeKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Home Ministry says at least 71 people killed in the earthquake.Senior guide says avalanche has swept mountain near Everest base camp; casualties unclearKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Senior guide says avalanche has swept mountain near Everest base camp; casualties unclear.Kathmandu hospital says 36 bodies counted so far from quake(Reuters) - Kathmandu's main civil hospital said 36 bodies had been counted so far after a 7.9 earthquake hit the impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal on Saturday. Nepal's Kantipur TV showed at least 21 bodies lined up on the ground The shallow quake struck west Kathmandu, causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Nick Macfie)Risk and worry await S. Korea work to lift doomed ferry

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, South Korean rescue helicopters fly over South Korean ferry Sewol, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in waters off the southern coast of Jindo, South Korea. Salvaging the corroded, the 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government already reeling from accusations that its incompetence and corruption were partly responsible for the 304 people killed when the ship sank a year ago. Experts say lifting the Sewol will prove much harder than previous efforts around the world to salvage giant ships, which sometimes ended up costing much more than originally estimated. There are questions about whether the South Korean government should be spending the estimated $91 million to $137 million needed to salvage the ferry, and there are worries about the decision to pull the ship up in one piece, rather than chopping it into sections. (Yonhap via AP, File) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvaging the corroded, 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government already reeling from accusations that its incompetence and corruption were partly responsible for the 304 people killed when the ship sank a year ago.


Key facts about Nepal, site of magnitude-7.9 quakeKey facts about Nepal, where an earthquake magnitude-7.9 hit Saturday:Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of British election

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage enjoys a pint of beer during a visit to mark St George's day at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate, southern EnglandNigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election. "There were a lot of rumours at the start of this campaign that I was unwell which I denied," he told the Daily Telegraph, ahead of what is shaping up to be Britain's tightest election in a generation. Often seen as being a one-man band fronted by Farage, UKIP is set to play a key role in the election because it siphons support from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, potentially preventing either from winning an outright majority.


Casualties after Nepal quake topples landmark tower

Nepalese people walk past collapsed buildings at Lalitpur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 25, 2015A landmark nine-storey tower collapsed in Kathmandu on Saturday after a massive earthquake hit the Nepalese capital, with several bodies seen at the site of the disaster, witnesses and television footage showed.


Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

Italian President Sergio Mattarella reviews the honor guard during a ceremony to mark Italy's Liberation day, in Rome Saturday, April 25, 2015. Italy is celebrating the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies at the end of World War II. President Sergio Mattarella marked Liberation Day on Saturday by laying a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Rome. The anniversary marks the day in 1945 when the Italian resistance movement proclaimed an insurgency as the Allies were pushing German forces out of the peninsula. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies at the end of World War II.


Japan's war history will shadow PM's US visit next week

FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they arrive to participate in a bilateral meeting at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution.


Eurozone hopes Greek criticism will bear fruit

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union in Riga, Latvia on Friday, April 24, 2015. Greece's finance minister came under fire Friday from his peers in the 19-country eurozone for failing to come up with a comprehensive list of economic reforms that are needed if the country is to get vital loans to avoid going bankrupt. (Dmitris Sulzics/F64 Photo Agency via AP)RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Greece's European creditors expressed the hope Saturday that the criticism the country's finance minister faced over his failure to present an economic reform plan on time will prompt a positive response soon.


Gunmen kill activist in Pakistan after Baluchistan event

In this picture taken Friday, April 24, 2015, Pakistani police officers examine the damaged car of a prominent women's rights activist Sabeen Mehmud following an attack on Mehmud in Karachi, Pakistan Friday, April 24, 2015. Police in Pakistan say gunmen have killed the prominent women's rights activist in the hours after she held a forum about the country's restive Baluchistan region. Senior police officer Zafar Iqbal says gunmen attacked Sabeen Mehmud on Friday night as she returned to her Karachi home with her mother, who was wounded in the assault. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.


Indiana university cleared after report of armed person(Reuters) - An Indiana university gave the all clear early on Saturday after being locked down for several hours over a reported armed person, possibly with explosives, near the school's administration building, officials said. Manchester University spokeswoman Anne Gregory said in an email that police had swept all the buildings and residence halls on its North Manchester campus and found no credible threats or injuries.Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive

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, 2015Families of foreign drug convicts set to be hauled before the firing squad in Indonesia issued desperate mercy pleas on Saturday, as France warned of "diplomatic consequences" if one of its nationals is executed. Consular officials and relatives were arriving at a town near Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where Indonesian executions are carried out, and where all of the death row convicts are now congregated. The foreigners -- two from Australia, one each from Brazil, France and the Philippines, and four from Africa -- have all lost appeals for clemency from President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a drugs emergency. Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta Saturday, with President Francois Hollande warning of "consequences with France and Europe" if its citizen was put to death, while Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged a "change of heart" from Widodo.


Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says 'I am a woman'

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. ABC 's Diane Sawyer will interview the former Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian television clan in a two-hour interview airing on Friday, April 24. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs.


Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

Australians pose for pictures with Turkish children on a boat, named "Gallipoli," in Hamza Bay, at the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, early Saturday, April 25, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered on a beach in what they called "alternative" Dawn Service ceremony. The invitation-only official ceremony was held at the Anzac Cove commemorative site, a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn broke, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)GALLIPOLI, Turkey (AP) — As dawn broke, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.


Health officials say ice cream is safe despite some recallsWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat — even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans

Lester Tenney talks about the more than three years he spent in a Japanese prisoner of war camp Monday, April 20, 2015 in Carlsbad, Calif. Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he’s made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress next week, in the 70th anniversary year of the war’s end, something rankles the U.S. military veteran about Japan’s attitude toward its past. "They don’t want the young people to know what really happened," says Tenney. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lester Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he's made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress next week, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles the U.S. military veteran about Japan's attitude toward its past.


Social media a key battleground in Britain's election

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses supporters during an event in Lincoln, England, Friday April 24, 2015. Cameron courted English voters on Friday ahead of the May 7 UK General Election. (AP Photo/Toby Melville, pool)LONDON (AP) — Once, election campaigning meant knocking on doors, organizing meetings and licking stamps. Now it also includes honing hashtags, rallying retweets and clicking "like."


Rangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders

The New York Rangers celebrate after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime of Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this.


After working OT in NBA playoffs, Curry, Rose can earn rest

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates the Warriors' 123-119 overtime victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK (AP) — If Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose are tired after working overtime, now is the chance to earn some rest.


LEADING OFF: Harvey Day in the Bronx, Hudson at Coors Field

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants starter Tim Hudson watches a pitch to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Hudson seeks his first career win at Coors Field on Saturday, April 25. He's 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA in eight starts in the Mile High City. Coors Field is one of two current major league parks where the veteran pitcher has never earned a win. The other is Target Field in Minnesota, where he's 0-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:


Thousands remember Anzac heroism on Gallipoli centenary

An Australian man stands next to boats on Hamza koy beach in the town of Gallipoli, during an unofficial dawn service marking the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, on April 25, 2015Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday thronged the beaches of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula to remember the heroism and sacrifice of their forefathers who took part in the World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. Troops from the The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) launched their first amphibious assaults on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now western Turkey on April 25, 1915, splashing through the waters into a rain of Ottoman gunfire. Both commemorate April 25 as Anzac Day. "Like every generation since, we are here on Gallipoli because we believe that the Anzacs represented Australians at our best," said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the service, which was also attended by New Zealand Premier John Key and the heir to the British throne Prince Charles.


Sweden's Jack outpoints Dirrell for WBC title

Sweden's Badou Jack (L) connects with Anthony Dirrell of the US during their super middleweight fight, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24, 2015Sweden's Badou Jack claimed the World Boxing Council's super middleweight title as he outpointed previously unbeaten Anthony Dirrell at the UIC Pavilion arena. The 31-year-old Jack Friday night received winning scores of 116-112 and 115-113, while the third judge scored it a 114-114 draw. Jack improved to 19-1-1 while Dirrell dropped to 27-1-1. Jack has won three consecutive fights after being stopped in the opening round by Derek Edwards last year.


Strong earthquake felt in Nepal's capital, some damage reportedKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Strong earthquake felt in Nepal's capital, some damage reported.Protesters plan to 'shut down' Baltimore as questions remain

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) — Protesters who've been holding near-daily demonstrations this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.


2009 memo describes concerns about Oklahoma reserve deputy

File - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates, second from right, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy, fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers. Attorneys for the man killed have released a report that says Bates didn’t receive special treatment for admittance into the advanced deputy program, but that he did receive special treatment once admitted. With Bates are his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, and an unidentified grandson, left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released by lawyers for the dead man's family.


US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender

US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, saying: "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman."In a highly anticipated, two-hour TV interview -- hailed by transgender rights' campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family -- the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid. "I've always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big," he told ABC's celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer. Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt. He stressed the difference between gender identity and sexuality.


Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

A production assistant collects a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.


Flight runs into pressurization issues, passengers evaluatedDENVER (AP) — Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night after reporting "pressurization issues."Police arrest man over drone landing at Japan PM office

Media crowds the vehicle which carries Yasuo Yamamoto, who admitted to landing a drone on the roof of the prime minister's office, in front of Obama Police Station in Obama, Fukui prefecture, western Japan Saturday, April 25, 2015. Japanese police arrested the man, officials said Saturday. Tokyo metropolitan police said the man turned himself in late Friday in Fukui police in western Japan. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister's office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday.


Leonard leads Spurs to 100-73 win over Spurs and 2-1 lead

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Los Angeles Clippers' Matt Barnes (22) during the second half of Game 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, April 24, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard has a passion for playing defense, but the San Antonio Spurs forward does not want to be regarded a one-dimensional player.


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