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Nepal quake: Hundreds dead, history crumbles, Everest shaken

| | Apr 25 2015 - 6:13am | Comments

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 926 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

  • | Posted: Apr 25 2015 - 12:05am

    LOS ANGELES — Bruce Jenner’s much-anticipated ABC interview with Diane Sawyer kicked off Friday night with some tears and an expected revelation. “For all intents and purposes,” Jenner said, “I am a woman.”

  • | Posted: Apr 25 2015 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.

  • | Posted: Apr 25 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 6:12am

    Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. This would be a disaster felt on a globl scale, which is why scientists are looking at this thing closely.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:48am

    WASHINGTON — The effort to build the only national Coast Guard museum in the United States had been on the ropes for years when retired Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. took over as the sea service’s top officer in 2010. Federal legislation passed in 2004 said it could only be built in Connecticut, but there were disagreements about whether that was the best idea.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:48am

    ENSENADA, Chile (AP) — Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, covering this small town with thick soot and raising concerns Thursday that the dust could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:44am

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  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:41am

    MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:40am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that a drone strike had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:32am

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.

  • Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:30am

    American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:27am

    NEW YORK — In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Since then, the Obama administration has looked for ways to persuade Republicans who have steadfastly opposed Obamacare to participate in this key component of the act. The biggest incentive is the law’s promise of federal funds to cover the whole cost of newly qualified Medicaid patients for three years, until 2016, and at least 90 percent of the costs thereafter. Nevertheless, 20 states have refused to ease access to their Medicaid rolls. A few have been able to eat their cake and have it, too: Because of special arrangements that predate Obamacare, four states that haven’t expanded Medicaid have been getting billions each year in extra funding to pay for the care of people who are uninsured.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 12:05am

    BALTIMORE — No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch, who won Senate confirmation Thursday to become the next U.S. attorney general, is taking over the Justice Department amid a national uproar over alleged police brutality that could largely define her tenure.

  • | Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 5:58am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year, the government revealed Thursday.