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Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics situation was improving. The death toll climbed to 7,250, including six foreigners and 45 Nepalese found over the weekend on a popular trekking route, said government administrator Gautam Rimal. Nepal's Tourist Police reported that a total of 57 foreigners have been killed in the April 25 quake, and 109 are still missing, including 12 Russians and nine Americans.


In Congress, income inequality comes with breakfast, lunch
WASHINGTON (AP) - Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life. Many of the Capitol's food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess.


Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots
BALTIMORE (AP) - Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices. The order for residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to maintain it through Monday morning. Protests since Monday's riots have been peaceful, and Friday's announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest eased tensions.


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Ohio clinics close, abortions decline amid restrictions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of abortion providers in Ohio has shrunk by half amid a flurry of restrictive new laws over the past four years, and the number of the procedures also is declining, according to a review of records by The Associated Press. Both sides agree the added limits and hurdles placed on Ohio abortions have played a role in facility closures reaching to every corner of the nation's 7th most populous state. What is less clear is whether the downward trajectory in procedures is a cause or an effect of some of the most significantly reduced abortion access in the nation.


Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) - The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss. Appearing at a church in the same Pocono Mountains region where Eric Frein spent 48 days on the run, Bryon and Darla Dickson said forgiveness has helped them move on and avoid becoming bitter.


Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years, according to statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution - down from a high of 57 in 1995 - and unless something changes, Jesse Matthew Jr. won't be joining them.


NYPD officer shooting suspect faces attempted murder charges
NEW YORK (AP) - A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, officials said. Demetrius Blackwell was arrested Saturday night in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition.


Officials: Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - At least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates in shorts, landed Sunday in Yemen's southern coastal city of Aden on a "reconnaissance" mission amid a fierce offensive by Shiite rebels and their allies there, Yemeni military officials said. The objective of the landing, which Saudi officials declined to immediately comment on, was not clear. However, military and security officials repeatedly have said that a ground operation would follow a Saudi-led airstrike campaign after the military capabilities of the Houthi rebels and their allies had been sufficiently weakened.


Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church. Since last summer, the church has been broadcasting the sounds of bells and hymns to its Burlington neighborhood, a joyful noise unto the Lord that some here think is just an unholy racket.


'Avengers' sequel is second biggest US opener of all time
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.

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