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BREAKING: Magnitude 7.9 Quake Hits Nepal; 1,910 Confirmed Dead

Source: USGS / Associated Press / NPR

More Than 1,000 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

APRIL 25, 2015 7:54 AM ET

Authorities in Nepal say at least 1,130 people are dead following a powerful earthquake not far from the capital Kathmandu, where homes and ancient temples collapsed amid the intense temblor and strong aftershocks.

Dozens of people in three neighboring countries were also killed and at least eight were reported dead on Mount Everest and perhaps dozens more trapped by a quake-triggered avalanche that hit the world's tallest peak at the height of the climbing season.

The death toll was likely to continue to rise — perhaps dramatically — as more information comes in from remote and isolated region affected by the magnitude 7.8 quake. The Associated Press says that the earthquake "shook several cities across northern India, and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh." Kathmandu's international airport was shut down following the temblor, the news agency says.

"We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now," Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal was quoted by the BBC as saying.



Nepal quake death toll reaches 1,805

APR. 25, 2015 9:36 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake has reached 1,805.

The latest toll puts the overall regional fatalities at 1,865.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said Sunday that at least 4,700 people have been injured in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.


@AP: BREAKING: Nepal police official says at least 1,910 have died, including 721 in Kathmandu, in the quake


Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/25/402160910/7-8-quake-hits-nepal-toppling-buildings-killing-at-least-138

@BreakingNews: 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal - USGS


@BreakingNews: Buildings down, roads out after major earthquake hits Nepal earthquake, CNN-IBN reports - @cnnbrk http://t.co/IJ29j3NWto/s/Vqwl

Al Arabiya English – Verified account ‏@AlArabiya_Eng

#BreakingNews Tremors felt in New Delhi and other cities in North India: witnesses
11:53 PM - 24 Apr 2015

@BreakingNews: Earthquake in Nepal upgraded by USGS to 7.9 magnitude, 2km deep, casualties taken to hospital - USGS, @AP http://t.co/IPArewzUkc/s/53M4


Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal; heavy damage

APR. 25, 2015 3:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit near Nepal's capital of Kathmandu before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal told India's NDTV station that there are reports of damage in and around Kathmandu but no immediate word on casualties.

He said rescue teams were on the scene.

The epicenter was 80 kilometers (49 mile) northwest of Kathmandu, he said. The Kathmandu Valley is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million, with the quality of buildings often poor.

An Associated Press reporter in Kathmandu said a wall in his compound collapsed and there was damage to nearby buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude from 7.5 to 7.9 and said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, CA

Source: USGS

@BreakingNews: Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, Calif. - @USGS http://t.co/DDLc1dAJSz/s/LH-z

Read more: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us200028pe#general_summary

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Great Meritocracy Race

Boing Boing Link: http://boingboing.net/2015/04/22/tom-the-dancing-bug-the-great-2.html

TOM TOMORROW: Hey, Kids! It's Officer Friendly!

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/13/1376893/-Cartoon-Hey-kids-It-s-Officer-Friendly?detail=hide

BREAKING: Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty (All 30 Counts) in Boston Marathon Bombing

Source: Reuters

Jury finds Tsarnaev guilty in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON | Wed Apr 8, 2015 2:31pm EDT

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber

BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013 attack on the city's best-attended sporting event, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later.

Tsarnaev, 21, was tried on a sprawling 30-count indictment, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. The jury that found him guilty will now decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaev’s guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.

Defense lawyers have admitted that Tsarnaev committed the crimes of which he stands accused but said he did so at the bidding of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0MZ0ZI20150408

South Carolina Mayor: White Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Man in the Back Has Been Fired

Source: Associated Press

South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired

Associated Press 9 minutes ago

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina mayor: White officer who fatally shot black man in the back has been fired.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/south-carolina-mayor-white-officer-fatally-shot-black-170533048.html



Breaking: UConn Coaches Won't Travel to Indianapolis for Final 4 Due to Religious Freedom Bill

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: UConn coaches won't travel to Indianapolis for Final 4 due to new religious freedom bill, school says - @PaulDoyle1 https://t.co/2l3DpltByS/s/l_6y

University of Connecticut coaches won't travel to Indianapolis for Final 4, school says, due to new religious freedom bill; 'UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior' - @PaulDoyle1

Read more: https://www.breakingnews.com/topic/indianas-religious-freedom-restoration-act/

Pharmacists Assoc. Adopts Policy Discouraging Members From Providing Death Penalty Drugs

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Pharmacists association adopts policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs.

Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

MAR. 30, 2015 6:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

The American Pharmacists Association's new policy could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to an execution drug shortage.

The association's governing body approved the policy Monday at a meeting in San Diego.

The group lacks the legal authority to bar compounding pharmacies from selling the drugs. But its policies set the ethical standards followed by pharmacists, just as the American Medical Association does for doctors.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/pharmacists-association-adopts-policy-discouraging-members-from-providing-death-penalty-drugs/2015/03/30/135d191a-d72b-11e4-bf0b-f648b95a6488_story.html

Keith Olbermann SPECIAL COMMENT: Why NCAA Must Move Final Four Out of Indiana

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