Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A powerful, magnitude 6.7 aftershock shook the Kathmandu area of Nepal on Sunday, a day after the massive earthquake devastated the region with more than 1,900 deaths and destroyed homes and infrastructure. The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock registered at a very shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and that damage was very likely within a radius of 50 kilometers (31 miles).
Avalanche sweeps Everest base camp, killing 17, injuring 61 KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing at least 17, injuring 61 and leaving an unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for on other routes, an official said Sunday. Twenty-two of the most seriously injured were taken by helicopter to Pheriche village, the nearest medical facility. However, bad weather and communications were hampering more helicopter sorties, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore BALTIMORE (AP) - A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile Saturday night. The chaotic scene prompted the first public remarks from Freddie Gray's twin sister, who pleaded for peace at a news conference alongside the mayor.
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Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket! "After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, `Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?'" he told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "And I said, well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list ..."
Players from politics, Hollywood mix it up at 'Nerd Prom' WASHINGTON (AP) - Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm Saturday as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom." The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has become a celebrity magnet, this year drawing some big names from television, sports and movies to rub shoulders with members of Congress and to hear the president speak. It has grown to become one of Washington's biggest events since its smaller origins in 1914 when journalists gathered to push for greater access to the president.
GOP 2016 hopefuls talk social issues in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential hopefuls emphasized their staunch opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights Saturday before a crowd of social conservatives who hold significant sway in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses. Nine declared and prospective 2016 candidates appeared in a church in Waukee for a forum sponsored by the conservative Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and attended by more than 1,000 people. The forum gave candidates an opportunity to show off their conservative bona fides, with speeches on religious freedom and social issues that repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet.
Japan's prime minister goes to US to showcase close ties TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's itinerary for his weeklong U.S. visit beginning Sunday will showcase the success of the alliance built from Tokyo's defeat in World War II, while promoting a political agenda based on still stronger military and economic ties. The visit will take Abe from Boston to Silicon Valley, with ample time for hobnobbing with high-flying businesspeople like the founders of Facebook and Apple, Japanese scholars and celebrities.
Coast Guard: 4 missing after sailboats capsize in Alabama MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta, and crews searched late Saturday for at least four people missing in the waters, the Coast Guard said. The storm rolled through the area about 4 p.m. and a man was plucked from the waters by the Coast Guard around 9 p.m., Petty officer Carlos Vega said. He said crews would search through the night.
How London man may have helped trigger the 'flash crash' NEW YORK (AP) - He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city's glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy. Yet, if U.S. authorities are correct, Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, managed to send a jolt of fear through the world's markets by helping to set off the 2010 "flash crash," in which the Dow Jones average plunged 600 points in less than seven minutes.