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Rescuers struggle to reach remote Nepal areas as toll rises
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,700 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received so far by the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, near the epicenter of Saturday's quake, said he was in desperate need of help.


The Latest on Nepal Quake: Appeal for international help
3.45 p.m. (1000 GMT) Lila Mani Poudyal, the government's chief secretary and the rescue coordinator, appealed for more help from the international community, saying Nepal was short of everything from paramedics to electricity.


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Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee. James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers will argue that he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.


Thousands expected at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. EDT Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after an encounter days earlier with police left him with grave spinal injuries. Pastor Jamal Bryant, who was to deliver Gray's eulogy, said he expected Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church to be filled for the service. A cemetery burial was to follow.


Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran, offering Republican presidential candidates a chance to prove their hawkishness toward Iran and support for Israel. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants to add a provision requiring the Obama administration to certify that Iran's leaders have publicly accepted Israel's right to exist, a nearly impossible mandate.


Tsarnaev's life on line as defense argues against execution
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Tsarnaev's defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses Monday in the penalty phase of his trial - the stage that will determine whether he is executed or spends the rest of his life behind bars.


Deadly Nevada prison brawl stokes mystery about guards, guns
LAS VEGAS (AP) - This much is certain: Two handcuffed inmates at one of Nevada's toughest prisons brawled in a hallway, and one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a gun. Prison officials acknowledged the death in November with only a short statement, and for months they never mentioned that a weapon was involved or that it had been fired by a trainee guard. Since then, the mystery of the shooting near the showers in a segregation unit at High Desert State Prison has only deepened.


No perfect bullpen strategy, but depth, flexibility help
DETROIT (AP) - When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball's active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market. That didn't work either - Soria had an oblique injury and by the time the playoffs began, it seemed as though the Tigers had accomplished little with their bullpen.


US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) - When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. Instead, as time marched on, they haunted him. "We were the bad guys," Parker, now 65, said of the American war effort in Vietnam. "I had some ghosts I had to face down."